USA – NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for wearing blackface in a Saturday Night Live skit from 2000
The clip went viral on Monday and led to calls for Fallon to quit the show.
In his apology he said there was “no excuse” for his actions, and thanked the public “for holding me accountable”.
In the skit, Fallon is seen wearing blackface to impersonate fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Rock, who is African American, depicting him as making a joke about crack cocaine.
Fallon released a statement apologising for the skit when the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty trended on Tuesday.
“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” he wrote.
“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.”
Chris Rock has not yet made any statement about the skit.