Comedian and host of The Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon owned up to his mistake and apologized on Tuesday for a racially insensitive sketch on Saturday Night Live.
Fallon was trending on Monday after photos resurfaced of the former SNL cast member wearing blackface in a sketch from the year 2000. Fallon took full accountability for what he did in a Tweet.
“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 said on Twitter.
Former SNL cast member Chris Rock who was the subject of Fallon’s blackface sketch has not reacted to the resurfaced photos. Since 2000, Rock has returned to SNL and been interviewed by Fallon on The Tonight Show on different occasions.
The hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty was the Twitter trend that led to the apology. The Tonight Show is not live this week and is instead airing a “best of” special.
NBC has not issued a statement regarding sketch or Fallon’s future with the network.