- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2020

“The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon apologized Tuesday amid renewed criticism over a 20-year-old “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which he donned blackface to impersonate Chris Rock.

“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” the late-night comedian tweeted to his 52 million followers.

“There is no excuse for this,” he wrote. “I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”

The sketch, which also features former cast member Darrell Hammond impersonating Regis Philbin, shows Mr. Fallon impersonating Mr. Rock while wearing dark brown makeup, black facial hair and a textured wig.

The hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty began trending late Monday night with fans demanding an apology.

The clip has resurfaced and sparked backlash multiple times in recent years but this is the first time Mr. Fallon responded.

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