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Jimmy Fallon apologises for blackface skit on Saturday Night Live

Jimmy Fallon apologises for blackface skit on Saturday Night Live

US TV host Jimmy Fallon has apologised after a "Saturday Night Live" sketch from 2000, featuring him in blackface, resurfaced online.

In the skit, which first aired in 2000, Fallon was portraying comedian Chris Rock.

NBC had previously removed the video from the internet, but clips had been circulating on Twitter and Youtube.

"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," Fallon wrote on Twitter. "I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."

On Tuesday, the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty began trending on Twitter, with social media users calling to "cancel" Fallon for his impersonation.

In 2018, Megyn Kelly was fired from NBC for appearing to defend blackface Halloween costumes.

Kelly later apologised for her remarks and reached an exit agreement with the network in early 2019.