Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation of Chris Rock on “Saturday Night Live” — which he did in blackface — has come back to bite him 20 years later.
Fallon learned the hard way that doing blackface at any point in your past is something that won’t stay secret.
After the ‘SNL’ clip from the year 2000 resurfaced early Tuesday, the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty began trending on Twitter and now, the late-night talk show host is apologizing.
Fallon says, “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.”
In the sketch Jimmy comes out in blackface dressed as the famous comedian to join Regis Philbin, played by Darrell Hammond, and crack some Chris Rock-esque jokes.