NBC’s Vice President and late night TV host Jimmy Fallon have apologized to GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann for a prank pulled by the show’s band, The Roots. When Bachmann appeared on the program last week, the band played an instrumental for a song called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as she walked onto the stage. Although Bachman publicly accepted their apologies, she’s still upset about the incident.
“Of course I accept the apology but my guess is that it would have been the president of the NBC that would have been apologizing, not a senior vice president,” Bachmann told KLIF radio in Dallas on Friday, according to the HuffPost. Bachmann added that a similar stunt would not have been tolerated if it were directed at a woman like Michelle Obama.
Doug Vaughan, NBC’s vice president for late night programming, sent a personal letter to Michele Bachman, in which he said that the song played during her appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show was “not only unfortunate but also unacceptable,” a spokeswoman for the GOP presidential candidate told the Associated Press. Vaughn also said the band had been “severely reprimanded.”
The song is question is a track off the the 1985 EP by the band Fishbone.
<p>The Roots' drummer, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, told the <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2011/11/22/questlove-says-bachmann-song-%E2%80%98tongue-in-cheek%E2%80%99/">Wall Street Journal</a> "the performance 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. That was not my intention."</p> <p>Questlove also went apologized on Twitter, the same place he announced to his fans that Bachmann would get a special tribute that evening. "Aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake," Questlove wrote on <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/questlove">Twitter</a> shortly before Bachmann took the stage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.spin.com/articles/roots-welcome-michele-bachmann-fallon-lyin-ass-bitch">As Spin points out</a>, this isn't the first time The Roots have used their song choices as commentary. Previously, they scored Ashlee Simpson's appearance to a Milli Vanilli song and welcomed Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt with the song "Loser" by Beck.</p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1OuiuolN1r4?rel=0" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe>