Bachmann, Beck Slam NBC, Fallon for Roots ‘Lyin’ Ass’ Insult

Michele Bachmann and Jimmy Fallon on Monday's "Late Night" (Photos: NBC)

Michele Bachmann ripped NBC Wednesday morning after it became apparent that neither the network nor Jimmy Fallon has any intention of disciplining his show’s house band, The Roots, for playing an insulting song when she made her entrance on Monday night’s “Late Night.”

Other than issuing a Tweet in which he appeared to apologize to Bachmann, Fallon has made almost no comment on the Roots choosing to play an obscure 1985 song by Fishbone called “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” to “welcome” the Minnesota Republican as a guest on the show.

Fallon’s Tweet struck us as surprisingly impersonal, and it didn’t address Bachmann directly. “I’m honored that [Michele Bachmann] was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess,” he tweeted. “I really hope she comes back.”

Later, he issued a related Tweet in which he seemed to make light of the situation by praising her as a guest: “Actually it was a really fun interview,” he tweeted. “She helped me with my Minnesota accent.”

Our take: Hey, Jimmy, if you really want to apologize to her, why don’t you just call her personally, rather than tweeting a lame “apology” out to your followers (nearly 4.5 million at last count)? Maybe she’s not one of them.

Fallon has come under increased criticism since the identity of the song was revealed on Tuesday. And Bachmann’s not the only one commenting on the situation. Even Glenn Beck has entered the fray, demanding that Fallon fire his band.

Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” show on Wednesday, Bachmann slammed NBC, but seemed to spare Fallon. And she complained that another Michele — First Lady Michelle Obama — would never have received such treatment.

“I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon,” Bachmann said on Fox News. “I love him, he’s a kick, it was a great opportunity to be on the show, I’d love to go back again,” she said, expressing “outrage” that Roots leader Questlove, the band’s drummer, has not been disciplined. “But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had 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 could have fired the drummer [or] at least suspended him.

“None of that happened from NBC and this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite. But I think it’s sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”

She then added: “Of course I accept Jimmy’s apology but this really needs to come from NBC and this is an outrage that happened.” (You can see Bachmann on “America’s Newsroom” here on

Glenn Beck thinks it was an outrage too. According to this story on The Huffington Post, Beck became apoplectic when he heard what the Roots had done to Bachmann, a prominent conservative.

He called Fallon “despicable” and “reprehensible” and called him “a girl” for not acting decisively and firing the Roots. “Jimmy Fallon, you should be ashamed of yourself,” Beck said.

On Fox News, Bachmann said she hoped to speak with Fallon personally some time on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, you can watch Bachmann on Monday’s “Late Night” here:

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