Comedian Jimmy Fallon apologized for his impersonation of Chris Rock in a “Saturday Night Live,” said CNN.
Fallon issued an apology after receiving criticism due to the skit, which originally aired on “SNL” in 2000, which resurfaced on social media.
He made this skit 20 years ago in which he appeared in blackface.
“While on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this,” said “The Tonight Show” host in his twitter account.
Fallon was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1998 to 2004.
Meanwhile, Rock was part of “SNL” from 1990 to 1993.
In the skit, Fallon appeared as Rock on a talk show hosted by Regis Philbin who was played by Darrell Hammond.
Fallon joins other entertainment figures, including actress and fellow comedian Sarah Silverman, who has apologized for offensive comedy in their past following online criticism.
As this developed, footage of a confrontation between an African-American and Caucasian lady in Central Park in New York went viral, after the latter was caught in the video being racist towards the former.