Fallon apologizes, Bachmann looks for same from NBC
November 23rd, 2011
01:43 PM ET
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Fallon apologizes, Bachmann looks for same from NBC

(CNN) - TV show host Jimmy Fallon apologized to GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann via Twitter Tuesday for a song played as the presidential candidate walked on stage for her Monday interview on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

"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," he wrote on Twitter.

As the Minnesota Congresswoman walked out to greet Fallon on stage, the show's band, The Roots, played a song by Fishbone called "Lyin' Ass Bitch."

Bachmann, while waving and smiling as she walked out Monday night, appeared to not hear the lyrics, some of which include the words, "I really thought our love was much too strong / But that little slut just proved us wrong."

The candidate admitted being oblivious to the slight Wednesday in an interview on Fox News saying, "I wasn't aware of it at all. I didn't find out until later yesterday and at that point I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate."

Hoping to speak with Fallon Wednesday, Bachmann insisted the treatment she received through song amounted to "sexism," "wouldn't be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn't be tolerated for a conservative woman, either."

Still, she said "I'd love to go back again."

Some of Bachmann's ire is directed toward the drummer of Fallon's house band, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.

"If that song had been played for Michelle Obama I have no doubt that NBC would've apologized to her and likely they could've fired the drummer or at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC and this is clearly a form of the bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite," she said.

It appears the song choice was intentional. Prior to Bachmann's arrival on stage, the band's drummer, Questlove, tweeted during the show: "Aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title."

Despite the song choice, the interview was quite amicable, with Bachmann and Fallon trading jokes.

After the show, Fallon blasted out: "@Questlove is grounded," and on Tuesday the band issued a statement saying "the performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision."

But Bachmann wants more.

"Well of course I accept Jimmy's apology but this really needs to come from NBC and this is an outrage," she said.


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. GRofPA

    Totally on the mark & well deserved. A perfect choice of music.

    November 23, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  2. LibsLieAlways

    Unfortunately Jimmy Fallon is using the band whose idea it was probably as the fall guy for something he knew in advance yet did nothing about. It was not spur of the moment it was practiced preplanned and over the top mean spirited it resembles the discourse on the left by and large where as we may have Rush they have their elected leadership saying such things when they themselves would be more than indignant. Alynski politics is alive and well on the left and it is why we are so divided as a nation and the President plays it as well as Jimmy Fallon using minions for scapegoats or unleashing Biden to put his foot in his nouth this shows only a lack of leadership which is the common denominator with corruption of what you get with a community organizer out of flatlander land.........

    November 23, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. Gary Goodwin

    Sometimes the TRUTH hurts.SHE IS A LIAR !

    November 23, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  4. J. Fred Muggs

    a Twitter apology? How about a real one done on his actual show?

    November 23, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. LibsLieAlways

    The discourse and peaceful first amendment rights of the right and tea party resulted in clean ups after their protests almost zero arrests (usually arrests were lefties there) and almost minimal if any cost the left we have over the top divisioin and name calling from the highest elected officials and dozens of jimmy fallon roots spinoffs with OWS the example of left wing protests millions in damages thousands of arrests more division hate and denial of anyone elses rights...........lack of leadership from our president is the key cause as he is the key king agitator and name caller.

    November 23, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  6. Jam and Toast

    I live and work in DC Congress men and women are not due anymore respect than anyone else, and as Michelle Bachman does not feel the need to show anyone other than rich white people respect I could give two you know whats about how she may feel about this. I do think it was rude and tacky, but I also think she is rude and tacky and a racist. Watch the video of her talking about imigration and see how you feel. I have met many members of congress and some of them are some of the poorest examples of human beings you will every run accross people need to open their eyes. we've started worshiping people we pay to represent us who instead act like they are our parents shes a person who does not only lie but spout ubsurd bigoted remarks on a regular basis at least this was thinly vailed she'll say horrible things out right and with pride.

    November 23, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  7. Anders Perillo

    Oh, I get it. This is what liberals consider a "New Era of Civility". Classy.

    November 23, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  8. Dave

    That song sums up Bachman 100%.

    November 23, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  9. onlyfacts61

    Although a tacky song choice, this woman is always misleading her "followers" and doesn't deserve much repect!

    November 23, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. NOLAGIRL

    Completely appropriate song. The Roots are both very talented musicians and extremely insightful.

    November 23, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
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