Late night host & former SNL standout, Jimmy Fallon, apologized to GOP Presidential hopeful, Michele Bachmann, Tuesday after his house band, The Roots, covered a particular Fishbone song as she walked on stage during an appearance on his show Monday night.
Fallon’s house band, The Roots, played the 1985 “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” by Fishbone to welcome her to the late night show. The song literally went unnoticed while it played and it wasn’t until the band’s drummer, Questlove, hinted it in a Twitter post that word spread that this was an intentional joke, saying in a tweet:
“late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title.”
For those who are not familiar with the classic Fishbone title, “Lying Ass Bitch” it’s lyrics include “I really thought our love was much too strong / But that little slut just proved us wrong.”
On Tuesday, Jimmy Fallon apologized to Bachmann via Twitter.
“I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back,” Fallon wrote. “Actually it was a fun interview. She helped me with my Minnesota accent. (I still sound Irish).”
Fallon also joked on Twitter that The Roots drummer was grounded.
But Fallon’s apology doesn’t appear to be enough for Bachmann, who accused NBC of sexism for not issuing an apology on behalf of the network. She told Fox News in an interview Wednesday “Whoever in the band chose the song should disciplined or fired”.
The Roots’ bandleader, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, said later Tuesday that the song was a “tongue-in-cheek and spur-of-the-moment decision.”
“The show was not aware of it, and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt,” Thompson said. “That was not my intention.”
See for yourself:
The Roots frequently make sly, often obscure and hilarious song choices as Fallon’s guests are introduced.
When Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs came out, they played part of Genesis’ “Illegal Alien,” a reference to Dobbs’ frequent commentaries on illegal immigration. Current TV host Keith Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, heard part of Klymaxx’s “I Miss You.” Kathie Lee Gifford was saluted with UB40’s “Red Red Wine,” a reference to the drink she often shares on-air with “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb.
Article by: Mike Patti