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Jamie Foxx remained loyal to Jimmy Fallon after the host of “Tonight Show” received a huge aftermath on a video that surfaced from him appearing in black on “SNL” 20 years ago.
Fallon responded to controversy after a 2000 sketch in which he appeared in black to interpret an impression of Chris Rock resurfacing on Twitter. Things got so bad that the hashtag “#JimmyFallonIsOverParty” was briefly in vogue on the social media platform.
Foxx, however, did not agree with the host’s decision to apologize for the sketch. He replied in the comments of an E! Instagram article on the issue to defend Fallon and comedians in general for pushing the boundaries of race.
“He made an impression of chris rock. It was not a black face. We comedians know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch, ”he wrote. “In a show called in bright colors, we played in every race. We have bigger fish to fry… #changecourse. “
The star was referring to the 1990 sketch show “In Living Color” which lasted five seasons and often contained controversial sketches about the breed.
Fallon, on the other hand, seemed to welcome negative attention as a learning opportunity. In his Tuesday response, the late night host appeared to thank the audience for holding him accountable for his past actions.
“In 2000, when I was on SNL, I made the terrible decision to pretend to be Chris Rock in blackface. There is no excuse for that “, Fallon Tweeted. “I am truly sorry to have made this indisputably offensive decision and thank you all for holding me accountable.”
Fallon is not the only comedian to land in hot water during the past use of blackface.
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel wore black faces several times while posing as former NBA player Karl Malone and daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey during his tenure in ” The Man Show ”.
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Actress Sarah Silverman also wore a blackface in a 2007 satirical episode of the “Sarah Silverman program”, where her character accepted the challenge of “being black” for a day while unintentionally offending others for wearing a blackface.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.