'No excuse': Jimmy Fallon apologizes for wearing blackface on Saturday Night Live


Late night comedian Jimmy Fallon apologized for wearing blackface during a Saturday Night Live skit back in 2000.

Fallon issued a statement on Tuesday after the skit, in which he impersonated actor and comedian Chris Rock, resurfaced on social media.

"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," he tweeted. "I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."

Fallon was a cast member on SNL from 1998-2004. In the comedic sketch, he impersonated Rock, who was also a cast member on the show from 1990-1993, while in a conversation with Darrell Hammond, who was playing the part of Regis Philbin.

“Man oh man, Regis Philbin, I’ve seen Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and guess what? Not a lot of black folks on the show," Fallon said in the skit. "Not a lot of black folks on the show. You know why? Cause black folks don’t like to answer questions. All [of them] want to be millionaires, but you got to ask questions like, ‘In 1981, how many grams of crack did Rick James smoke when he recorded Super Freak?”

A number of other comedians including Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel have also donned blackface in routines dating back to the 2000s.