Questlove says intro was “tongue in cheek”
Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann asked for an apology from NBC after Jimmy Fallon's house band played a song called "Lyin' Ass Bitch" as her intro on "Late Night."
Drummer and bandleader Questlove led The Roots in playing the obscure 1985 Fishbone tune as Bachmann greeted Fallon on Monday's show. She said in a Fox News interview she was unaware of the song's title at the time, but didn't hold Fallon responsible, adding, "I love him, he's a kick… I'd love to go back again."
She said, however, that NBC should apologize, and that Questlove likely would have been at least suspended if he had played the song for Michelle Obama.
“If that had been Michelle Obama, who’d come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they would have fired the drummer, or at least suspended him," she told Fox News.
She also said the incident seemed to reflect sexism and "bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite."
An NBC representative close to the situation told TheWrap the network had contacted Bachmann, but declined to say whether NBC had apologized.
Questlove, meanwhile, said he had not meant to hurt Bachmann's feelings.
“The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision," he told The Wall Street Journal's online magazine, Speakeasy. "The show was not aware of it and I feel bad if her feelings were hurt. That was not my intention.”
He tweeted before the show aired: "Aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title."
Fallon jokingly tweeted: "@questlove is grounded," later adding: "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.”
Watch the intro, courtesy of Politico: