November 23rd, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Jimmy Fallon apologizes to Bachmann

"Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for Monday's so-called spontaneous decision to play Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass B**ch" as the intro song for Monday's guest Michele Bachmann.

The Roots drummer Questlove, whose band plays on the late night program, seemed to hint to his Twitter followers before Republican presidential candidate Bachmann's appearance that "late night devotees" should pay attention. "You love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title," he posted.

After it was revealed that the intro song was the aforementioned Fishbone track, Questlove said in a statement that the performance was tongue-in-cheek and "spur of the moment," and that if he hurt Bachmann's feelings, he felt bad.

Fallon later added his own apology to his guest, after tweeting that Questlove is "grounded."

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Filed under: Late Night comedy • television

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  1. firedup

    Invite someone on your show and disrespect them is low, no matter who they are. More worthless people using there platform for the King and Queen reelection. What ever happened to respect.

    These people have no morals or class, and get paid big money for this. Tell OWS that is a crime.

    November 25, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. johnny steinberg

    I really thought JF was a little more classy, but why doesn't he just admit he's paid to get the "prez" re-elected? He, JF, is as bought and paid for as the rest.are. What a shame – comedian (ha) shills.

    November 25, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. rtbna

    The drummer can't carry her briefcase much less really debate her over the issues facing this country. Who's the better citizen to make this country better? The drummer gets all his news from the TODAY show, probably has never picked up a Wall Steet Journal in his life. Who has more class? If any of the younger generation follows this punk, they should think again and pay attention to the real heroes of our nation. That is if they'd like to see our nation actually improve as opposed to spinning out of control due to handouts and lack of general manners and respect. You're hilarious dude, start reading!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rtbna

    The drummer can't carry her briefcase much less really debate her over the issues facing this country. Who's the better citizen to make this country better? The drummer gets all his news from the TODAY show, probably has never picked up a Wall Steet Journal in his life. Who has more class? If any of the younger generation follows this punk, they should think again and pay attention to the real heroes of our nation. That is if they'd like to see our nation actually improve as opposed to spinning out of control due to handouts and lack of general manners and respect. Your hilarious dude, start reading!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SnoBurd

    This is nothing. Imagine the public outcry and the media feeding frenzy if that had been Michelle Obama instead of Michelle Bachmann. Everyone would have been fired, for sure!

    November 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. carrieanne

    Isnt anyone else tired of everyone saying whatever they want and when someone objects or calls them on it someone screeches FREEDOM OF SPEECH? Sure we have the 1st Amendment but to exercise it requires some sense of self control and respect to others. There are tactfully acceptable and civilized ways to call someone names.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. DesmoAl

    Another example of how the our society continues to move away from civility and manners and go out to disrespect anyone who they don't like. He should be fired, pure and simple. NBC owes her an apology. This would have never happened even 20 years ago. From this to NASCAR fans booing the First Lady. Its just wrong and inappropriate.

    November 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Art Vandolay

    Bachman should be apologizing to us. She's another Palin without the botox. -Art

    November 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. UNCLE CRIMMAS

    Jimmy is a puuussy @ssed piece of sh!t.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Crys

    It seems that Mr. Fallon might have to tighten the reins on his show and the material used. He likely wasn't aware that his band was planning such a thing. I guess they'll need to turn in a song list prior to the show now and have it all approved. I don't think that the band should automatically be fired but be warned that anything else like that will result in termination immediately.

    Granted, I do think Bachmann is really off by even dignifying this with a response. To whine about it really doesn't work. She already got the apology for Fallon, and the Roots look like idiots. Fallon looks pretty dumb too for not knowing what his employees are doing. If anybody really wins in this situation, it's likely Fishbone.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jen

    I HATE THIS WOMAN

    November 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    What a bunch of cowards, Jimmy Fallon and his band are. Jimmy Fallon and/or his band should be fired for this. Nobody deserves to be treated like this. Shows you what a no talent coward poor excuse for a drummer/band leader this guy is for tweeting about it and then doing such a cowardly immature act. Doesn't matter what race or political party you support. Nobody should be treated like this.
    If NBC doesn't fire the band and/or Jimmy Fallon then people should boycott NBC and the sponsors of this show.
    Let NBC and Jeff Zucker know this is not acceptable for anyone to be treated like this by a bunch of cowards.
    jeff.zucker@nbc.com

    November 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @amerarunnin

    Could not have said it better.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rick

    Questlove shudda axed first.. dummas. He should be fired!

    November 23, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Maria

    I live in Puerto Rico. Jimmy Falon comes on too late for us to watch it here. We get all three networks but he is on too late.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Uh, yeah, thanks for the contribution to the conversation. And in case you were wondering, I watered my plants today.

      November 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  16. @AmeraRunnin

    You our lesbian friend are a liberal stooge.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. hanz

    It is too nazi america. And if she was a liberal pinko your panties would be in such a wad youd need surgery to get them out. That is the double standard in america. Liberals can do or say anything, but if you are a deacent conservative with some morals you are labeled a nazi.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Delores

      The scary thing is that the Limousine Liberals think their views are/should be everyone's, and they're not the rude, draconian lunatic fringe that they actually are. Fallon & Flunkies are no doubt shocked at the outrage, hence the obligatory mea culpa AFTER the drummer let the world in on the joke. We're not buying it, lying-ass puke!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. mojo

    I love you ?uestlove and all the Roots!! Although I don't know why you are the house band for a hack like Fallon, I sure can appreciate the decision to play that awesome Fishbone song. Appropriate, and no apology necessary man. Look at her smiling and waving!!

    November 23, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • susieQ

      your mind is obviously as small as your penis to say such a thing as this. how sad for you.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. AmeraRunnin

    Well, she is a liar. That has be proven over and over again. She's hardly a worthy candidate for President. Don't apologize JF or Roots. FREEDOM OF SPEECH is protected by the first amendment. Most people in the US think she's a joke. People need to lighten up and take a joke. Last I checked, this isn't Nazi-America. It's not slander if it's true.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Although I am no fan of this woman, you clearly do not understand the difference between the "right" to say something and the appropriateness of saying something. It was a petty, childish move to play the song, but then you surely know a thing about petty and childish. How about someone go on TV and show a photo of your mom and intro her with that song? Free speech! Can't you take a joke, little man?

      November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  20. scoobie

    But then no one watches his lame @ss show anyhow. Jimmy is a legend in his own mind.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      You're an idiot b/c his show is the best one out there right now other than Colbert & Stewart. His musical guest are by far the best, and having a Hip Hop band that can basically play anything is awesome.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  21. scoobie

    He and the band members deserve a punch in the face.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • HollywoodSurF

      This person was voted as Jimmy Fallon's worst guest ever!

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK8unfCCdQQ&w=640&h=390]

      November 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |

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