NEW YORK — NBC talk-show host Jimmy Fallon says he's sorry for the outrageously insulting welcome that his "Late Night" band gave to Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann.
As the Minnesota congresswoman entered the studio for an interview on Tuesday morning's show, the Roots played a snippet of a 1985 Fishbone song. The title of the song is "Lyin' A** B****."
Viewers could hear a distinctive "la la la la la la la la la" refrain — the only words audible as Bachmann made her way onto the stage, waved and shook Fallon’s hand before taking a seat.
The song is about a relationship and does not carry a political message. It’s lyrics include: "She always says she needs you, but you know she really don't care."
After the prank was revealed and objections were raised from all political spectrums, Fallon tweeted to Bachmann that he was honored that she came onto his show and that "I'm so sorry about the intro mess." He said he hopes she will come back to his show.
That was a different tune than Fallon played before the objections arose, when he quipped that he had grounded bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.
One of Bachmann's congressional colleagues, New York Democrat Nita Lowey, had called on NBC to apologize for its "insulting and inappropriate" treatment of its guest.
Thompson, who had tweeted to fans in advance that the musicians would sneak an insulting song into the intro, also apologized later.
It’s not the first time The Roots had welcomed one of Fallon’s guests so inhospitably. Ashlee Simpson, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt all have been pranked on past shows, according to Spin magazine.
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