November 23, 2011 6:58am PT by Sofia M. Fernandez
Jimmy Fallon Apologizes to Michele Bachmann for 'Late Night' Song Intro
Jimmy Fallon has apologized to Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann for the introduction that was played when she appeared on his show Monday.
When the Minnesota Congresswoman came out to greet Fallon, the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band, The Roots, greeted her with the 1985 Fishbone song called "Lyin' Ass B--ch."
Fallon tweeted Tuesday, "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."
The song choice was criticized by many, including Fox News' Todd Stames, who wrote, "Could you imagine if the network had pulled a similar stunt with First Lady Michelle Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton? NBC is not commenting and Fallon doesn’t appear to have the fortitude to respond. So allow me to fill in the blanks: NBC, you disgust me."
Stames went on to slam Fallon, "As for Fallon, what’s there to say about a man who earns his living playing make believe? He’s a sniveling, inurbane court jester who degrades women."
Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey called the incident "insulting and inappropriate" in a statement Tuesday, "The choice of song to introduce Michele Bachmann on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night was insulting and inappropriate. I do not share Michele Bachmann's politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician -- and no woman -- should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night. The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and NBC should apologize."
The Roots' drummer Questlove had alerted his Twitter followers of the pending song choice on Monday. He told The Hollywood Reporter that Fallon and producers had not been told about it in advance, "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."