NBC apologizes to Bachmann over song
November 24th, 2011
10:03 AM ET
6 years ago

NBC apologizes to Bachmann over song

Washington (CNN) - NBC has apologized to Rep. Michele Bachmann after the house band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" played an inappropriate song during her appearance on the show Monday, CNN confirmed Thursday.

Bachmann received a letter Wednesday from Doug Vaughan, NBC's senior vice president for special programs and late night, that apologized for what happened, said Alice Stewart, the Republican presidential hopeful's spokeswoman.


Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
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  1. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Faulkner says...

    It's amazing that folks can't seperate what is appropriate and what is not. Seems a lot of you posting don't appreciate common courtesy and can't seperate it from your politics.

    Uh, you may want to review a few news articles, my friend. When has Michelle Bachmann EVER separated what is appropriate from inappropriate? Have you ever acuatally listened to what Bachmann has said about President Obama, non-whites, gays, the poor, etc? That woman has no compunction about calling people names and using derogatory references. Now do you have a better grasp of the situation? I'm glad I could help.

    November 24, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Mark

    What the band did was low-brow and inexcusable, and of course she deserved an apology.

    But I haven't heard anyone offering Michele Obama an apology for her treatment at the NASCAR race last week. The lack of civility is epidemic.

    November 24, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. hank

    Now Bachman can apologize to a long list of people she has insulted, Obama, Liberals, Homosexuals, people on welfare, and anyone who has dared question her non dumb statements (Lexington and Concord are in NH-Paul Revere rode to warn the British)

    November 24, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    If she demand apology from NBC for the music then we have to boycott her book , some words form her book worst than the music

    If she thing she choose good words for the book then I will say the was music right time one right place

    November 24, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. Amazing

    She deserved the apology as the actions of the band were inappropriate. Can we now get an apology from Ms. Bachman for the lies she has espoused and the personal attacks she has thrown at the President? I doubt it since she has shown no class to date.

    November 24, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. JohnRJ08

    Why did Fallon have Bachmann on his show? She is in single digits in the polls and has no chance of winning any primaries, especially after Iowa. Why was she on this show? One can only conclude it was because Fallon wanted to exploit her wide-eyed bizarre personality for purely entertainment purposes. Looks like it back-fired. Bachmann, like Sarah Palin, deserves only to be ignored.

    November 24, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. roadrnr

    The band still needs to be fired.

    November 24, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Mom

    Why should she be given an apology. Free speech is the right of all. I don't see any demands for apologies when our President is constantly attacked by this woman. She is a constant messenger of hate and doesn't warrant any special treat,ent

    November 24, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Look, can we all just agree here that Bachmann has become a national (international?) laughingstock? It's apparent, isn't it? Her relevance now is only for entertainment value and has nothing to do with polical viability. We can agree to that simple fact here, right?

    November 24, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Vvvortex

    @Zebulon Pi: There's no comparison between M. Bachmann and M. Obama. Bachman is an elected member of the House of Representitives (one of only 435) which makes her a Congresswoman and part of our government. M. Obama is the unelected spouse of the President. Do not try to put them on the same level. No matter what your politics and level of animosity you have, Bachmann does not deserve that.

    November 24, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Anna

    If her campaign marketing presents a more friendly face to colored people, and that can be done very very quickly, she'd win hands down. She is not the clown the Pain excuse me Palin is, or the ignorant fool that Perry is, or the good-times-seeker that Cain is, or the dour book knowledged only academic Paul is, or the dangerous robot who seems remote-controlled by aliens that Romney is, or the political pork partier that Gingrich is, she is the real deal. I'd like her to win.

    November 24, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Vvvortex – Yeah, she does deserve it. Remember, you reap what you sow.

    November 24, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Anna – Good one! Obviously your comments were tongue-in-cheek and I can certainly appreciate that. I love how you took Bachmann's silliness and irrelevance and made it sound viable. Thanks for the chuckles. You rock and I'm thankful for you on this wonderful holiday.

    November 24, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    roadrnr says...

    The band still needs to be fired.

    Why? They're an excellent band with immensely talented musicians.

    November 24, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Bob in Pa

    Apology is not accepted until NBS fires the band and band leader from the show.
    100% pure bad taste and very unprofessional.

    November 24, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    Bob in Pa – So, I assume you'll also advocate the firing of Hannity, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, et. all. for their lies, disrespect, and name-calling, too, correct? We can agree on that simple concept, can't we?

    November 24, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. one voice

    Now it's only fair that She turns around and apoligize for the relentless attacks of lies toward our President. This Lady is a quart low.

    November 24, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Mike

    Go Roots. Great song choice. Grow some balls NBC. She ain't nobody anyway. I watch Late Night to LAUGH! AND I DID!

    November 24, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    I think that perhaps they should save that song and play it when Rick Perry or Mitt Romney walk on the stage....Newt Gingrinch isn't far removed from it either. And they can even leave the "B-word" in it too.

    November 24, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"wouldn't be tolerated if it was Michelle Obama and shouldn't be tolerated for a conservative woman, either."◄

    Bachmann should “get off” of the Obamas!!! No matter what comes out of her mouth – the word Obama has to be mentioned. She could have used Palin – or Coulter – or any other white woman for her explanation but it has to be Obama!! Did she say that it was “wrong” for NASCAR to boo the First and Second Ladies???

    “…"If that song had been played for Michelle Obama I have no doubt that NBC would've apologized to her…” I truly believe NO BAND would even “think” about playing a song like that for Michelle – And trust me – Michelle has experienced much worst and NEVER asked for an apology!!!

    True, the song was out of place but please just take the apology and leave the Obamas’ names out of your mouth!!

    Obama 2012

    November 24, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. IllinoisBoy

    GOPDFNU, you are just another typical Dumbo-Crap camp follower. People from both sides of the political aisle, when invited as guests on a talk show, don't deserve to be disrespected, or ambushed as Bachman was. The apology, though late in coming from NBC, was appropriate. Perhaps, given some time to ponder that concept, your liberal brain can process and understand right from wrong......but I doubt it.

    November 24, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    IllinoisBoy – Soooo, when can we expect the long-overdue apologies from Fox "News" for their daily misinformation and name-calling? Now that NBC has issued an apology, is it possible Fox "News" will follow suit in the next day or two? Or is this concept a little over your head? Let me know if I need to break it down further. I'm always willing to help folks like you with these more complex notions of fair play.

    November 24, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. GOP-DeadFromTheNeckUp

    IllinoisBoy – What is it about your side of the aisle resorting to name-calling in your first salvo out here? Are you really out of aurguments to support your position so quickly? It's sad that you cats can't get your point out without the name-calling. Yes, it happens on both sides, but it almost always starts on the right. Take a look at any blog and you'll see what I mean.

    November 24, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Gemini Girl

    Totally have to agree with Larry L! And I am sure the band could have come up a number of songs that has the word "crazy" in it! How dare Bachmann mention herself and the First Lady in the same sentence! They are from two different spheres when it comes to character. And saying that she herself has a sense of humor? Please! I hope her poll numbers stay in the single digits, where they belong. I don't know who is worse – Bachmann or the ethically-challenged Newt! Where do they get off thinking they have even a miniscule chance of being being President? Sheesh....

    November 24, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. IllinoisBoy

    GOP-whatever. Look at your post name.... who's calling the kettle black, pal ? So spare me the pious lecture. The issue here is Right from Wrong.. a simple concept really. What happened to Bachman was wrong. Fallon was man enough to admit it. Lots of talk of Bachman's lies, distortions, and getting what she deserves .....and what Hannity, O'Reilly Limbaugh have said and done... This may come as a surprise to you, but Obermann and Maddow Maher and Schultz are as bad. Right from Wrong....... political differences don't change the definition.

    November 24, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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