Jimmy Fallon Receives Backlash After Racial “Saturday Night Live” Skit Resurfaces; Issues Apology

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Jimmy Fallon is learning the hard way that nothing really disappears from the good ‘ole World Wide Web.

The Tonight Show host is currently dealing with the ramifications of his actions, as a video recently resurfaced of him wearing blackface as he impersonated Chris Rock during a Saturday Night Live skit back in 2000.

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Following the backlash, Fallon took to social media to apologize for his past actions.

“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” Fallon said on Twitter on Tuesday (May 26.) “There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”

Soon after Fallon’s apology, actor Jamie Foxx went and stood up for his fellow comedian, saying that accusing Fallon of anything close to racism was a bit of “a stretch.”

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“He was doing an impression of Chris Rock,” Foxx said on the Instagram page of E! News. “It wasn’t black face. We comedian I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch. On a show called in living color we played every race. Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry.”