CNN anchor Don Lemon praised Jimmy Fallon for his honesty and bravery after the late night talk show host apologized for wearing blackface during a comedy skit.
Lemon appeared on Monday's "Tonight Show" special episode via Skype as Fallon returned to the show after a hiatus.
Fallon, his voice cracking, apologized for wearing dark makeup and a short afro wig to impersonate comedian/actor Chris Rock during an episode of Saturday Night Live.
"I had to really examine myself this week because a story came out about me on SNL doing an impression of Chris Rock, in black face, and I was horrified," Fallon said. "Not of the fact that people were trying to cancel me or cancel the show… but the thing that haunts me the most was how do I say, 'I love this person. I respect this guy more than I respect most humans. I'm not a racist don't feel this way.' And instead what I kept getting advised was to just stay quiet and not say anything."
"That's exactly what we all need to do is examine ourselves," Lemon said. "That was really honest and very brave of you and I appreciate you having the depth really to do what you did in that opening monologue."
Megyn Kelly lost her job on NBC for suggesting that wearing blackface was appropriate if it was part of a Halloween costume.
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Rap tycoon T.I. Harris, 33, was seen leaving NBC Studios in NYC where he taped an appearance on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon LIVE on Thursday. T.I. performed "About the Money" with non-conformist Atlanta rapper Young Thug. Fashion wise, T.I. doesn't pinhole himself into any particular style. He just wears whatever his stylist throws at him. Here T.I. is seen wearing a pair of retro Nike Air Raid sneakers in Atomic Mango turbo green colorway that came out in May ($135).
What do you think of T.I.'s youthful style?
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Popular late night comedian Jimmy Fallon is the new host of The Tonight Show. Fallon took over the reigns of The Tonight Show following NBC's announcement last Spring that Leno would leave The Tonight Show. Fallon has a healthy respect for Hip Hop, as evidenced by his hilarious "Evolution of Hip Hop Dance" skit with Will Smith on Monday.
Smith and Fallon performed many of the familiar dance moves that have (thankfully) come and gone, such as my personal favorite "The Carlton Dance," named after Carlton, from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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Here is an extremely rare photo of actress Paula Patton holding her son Julian as she makes her way to tape an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". The 3-year-old is usually only seen in public with his father, singer Robin Thicke. Both Thicke and Patton have admitted to being substance abusers. The little boy has that shell-shocked look of a child who has seen and heard too much at home.