NBC has officially apologized to Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann over the music that was played on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" Monday when the Minnesota congresswoman was introduced. The head of the show's band, drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, took responsibility for playing the song " Lyin' Ass B****" after Bachmann was announced.
Bachmann received a personal letter Wednesday from NBC's senior VP Doug Vaughan, her communications director confirmed to FOX early today.
In the letter, Vaughan wrote that Thompson and other members of the "The Roots" had been "severely reprimanded", according to Alice Stewart.
" I want to express my apologies for what happened," Vaughan continued, calling the incident " unfortunate and unacceptable."
"What transpired during your taping should never have happened, " Vaughan said in the letter described to FOX. " Please let me assure you, that it will never happen again, not to you or anyone else. Guests on our network should always be treated with the utmost respect."
" This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama, " Bachmann said to anchor Bill Hemmer. " It should not be tolerated if it's a conservative woman either...This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it's also, I think, sexism as well."
New York Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey agreed with Bachmann saying that while she did not support the Republican's politics the music was "insulting and inappropriate."
While the actual lyrics of the 1985 Fishbone song were never sung by The Roots during the show, the shot at Bachmann was clearly intentional.
On Twitter, Thompson told his followers before the show's segment with Bachmann that he was going to play a song with "snark" and " this next
one takes the cake. ask around because I aint tweeting the title." (sic)
Thompson and The Roots, well-respected in the music industry, are supporters of President Barack Obama and have played at previous fundraisers for his 2008 campaign, and for his re-election bid.
Stewart acknowledged that Fallon apologized to Bachmann over the phone Wednesday and, Bachmann described the host and comedian as" super nice" and " a class act."
Fallon also asked Bachmann to come back on the show, which she agreed to, Stewart said. However, Bachmann joked that" next time she would like pick the music".