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Leaked Video From Decades Ago May Kill Jimmy Fallon’s Career For Good…

After receiving criticism on social media for wearing blackface in an old “SNL” sketch from 2000, late-night presenter Jimmy Fallon has publicly apologized, calling the action “unquestionably abhorrent.”

Due to the Fallon and Darrell Hammond sketch, in which Fallon impersonates Chris Rock while wearing full hair and makeup to resemble the former cast member, opposite Darrell Hammond’s Regis Philbin, who was then the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty was trending on Tuesday.

“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface.  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,” Fallon wrote.

Twitter user @chefboyohdear shared footage from the 20-year-old act and noted that “NBC fired Megyn Kelly for mentioning blackface. Jimmy Fallon performed on NBC in blackface.”

“Regis, do you believe that the show’s name, Who Wants $50 Cash and a Pair of Pumas, is the only way to get a brother on it? “ asks Fallon in the skit, stating that the lack of black players on the game show is due to the fact that “black folks don’t like to answer questions.”

Even though the video in question is 20 years old, Fallon has lately demonstrated his Rock impression, breaking out the voice while hosting the 2017 Golden Globe Awards in January without the use of blackface:

This is not the first time the clip has resurfaced. Online critics have slammed Fallon last year, together with fellow late-night host Jimmy Kimmel for failing to make jokes about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who got national notice for his admission that he once donned blackface. Northam gained notoriety for this in the 1980s.

Critics of Kimmel and Fallon asserted that because the two have previously darkened their faces for humorous performances, they might not have mocked or rebuked Northam. Kimmel’s blackface incident happened when he portrayed Oprah Winfrey and Karl Malone on the 2004-defunct television program “The Man Show.”

Although Fallon apologizes for the skit, calling his impersonation of Rock while in blackface “a terrible decision” and “unquestionably offensive decision, it appears that Fallon has not yet faced consequences, though. He still has access to his big fan base and his wealthy profession.

Jimmy Fallon’s dismissal is currently being demanded by detractors and offended viewers. They want his show to be “canceled” because, despite being fully aware of its racist intent, he used blackface to advance his career.

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Sources: Awm, Today, Deadline

 

 



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