Jimmy Fallon Issues Emotional Apology for 'Blackface' Skit | 22 Words

Jimmy Fallon has issued his second apology for his horrendous blackface skit back in 2000 amidst all the protests engulfing the United States and the rest of the world now.

Keep scrolling to see the emotional video...

Jimmy Fallon has always been considered a national treasure.

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But recently, things have not been going well for him. His talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, quickly became a household favorite after the first episode premiered all the way back in 2014.

Apart from being an award-winning host, he also spends his time helping others.

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Using his influential platform, Fallon has supported many causes including national foodbanks and cancer charities.

It's no wonder why he's so popular...

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Besides being a pretty funny guy, he seems to have remained humble over time, unlike some other hosts that have recently been exposed... Cough, Ellen, cough.

Remember when he did this?

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He always sings the praises of deserving heroes. In one episode, Fallon surprised an Air Force Veteran with $50,000 because she had a hard life as a single mother before following her dreams to serve her country. It was a tear-jerking moment.

And remember when he also did this?

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While recognizing the amazing work his father-in-law did while he was in the Marine Corps, he went out of his way to get a limited edition watch that only those who have ever ejected out of planes on a mission could get and presented it to him on the show. It's safe to say the moment warmed our hearts.

His job involves digging into other people's lives...

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From actors to musicians, he's always getting the latest scoop for us all to enjoy while also making them do stupid things. It's the perfect combination for entertainment gold.

But recently, others have been digging into his own life...

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And the results were not pretty in the slightest.

There's one video that stands out amongst the rest...

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A video from 2000 has recently taken the internet by storm for its offensive use of blackface. Yep, you heard that right.

Why is blackface so offensive?

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For those of you that still don’t seem to understand why black/brown face is so offensive, firstly, sort yourselves out. Secondly, I’ve got the facts here for you.

Throughout history, white people would paint their faces black in order to degrade black people.

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It happened in all sorts of places. From comedy shows to Halloween costumes. They would compare them to monkeys while simultaneously acting in a humiliating manner to depict black people as uncivilized. Utterly disgusting.

It's extremely offensive.

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So, in all cases, avoid it. You can still be Samuel L. Jackson for Halloween without painting yourself black. Just get a beret, a blazer, and some thick-framed glasses. It's easy.

In the video that has emerged, Fallon was impersonating fellow comedian, Chris Rock.

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Suited in a brown leather jacket, a black turtleneck, and black face paint, the talk show host took on the role of Chris Rock in what has been described as a "racist" move.

The hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty became a trending subject on Twitter.

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After the video started circling online, Twitter users joined forces to call out Fallon for his actions.

Things aren't looking good for the talk show host...

And fans have branded his former actions as offensive and disgusting.

The backlash has been pretty intense...

And it seems as though others are also being dragged into the mess too.

Fallon's probably going to be avoiding Twitter for as long as possible...

This is not going to be good for his career at all.

Even Dakota Johnson warned us...

Like she did with Ellen Degeneres... Big yikes.

And for those of you that are defending Fallon...

I'll pass you the clown make-up.

Here's the full video for those of you that haven't seen it yet...

And now, finally, Fallon has spoken out about the incident.

His first call of action was releasing this statement on Twitter.

"In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface.  There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable," he wrote solemnly.

But it seems as though people weren't buying it...

So, amidst all the current tensions going on in the country concerning police brutality and the systematic oppression of black people, he released an emotional video where he explained himself properly.

The talk show host looked visibly distraught as he spoke.

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He said this: "I had to really examine myself in the mirror this week because a story came out about me on ‘SNL’ doing an impression of Chris Rock in blackface," he said. “And I was horrified. Not of people trying to cancel me or cancel this show, which is scary enough..."

He continued:

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"But the thing that haunted me the most was, ‘How do I say I love this person? I respect this guy more than I respect most humans,'" Fallon said of Chris Rock. "'I’m not a racist. I don’t feel this way.'"

He even mentioned that he was given the advice to "stay quiet."

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"I realized that silence is the biggest crime that white guys like me and the rest of us are doing, staying silent. We need to say something. We need to keep saying something. And we need to stop saying ‘That’s not OK’ more than just one day on Twitter," he said.

He also stressed that we need action and rightfully so.

“We cannot try to bury this again. It’s not going to get buried, it’s not going away," he said. “You can’t just hope everyone loves each other. We can’t say ‘be the change’ and just sit around tweeting ‘be the change, be the change.'"

A bit later on in the show, he was also joined by CNN’s Don Lemon who gave his opinion on the matter.

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He said that we can only move forward if people stop making "excuses for racism." Facts! “We can’t go back to the way we were before," Lemon said. “This is a time for us to change. I appreciate you for stepping up and being a leader."

Here's the full emotional apology:

Who knows what this means for Fallon's future, but this was clearly one step in the right direction in solving the problem. Now, Eddie Murphy, it's your turn. Keep scrolling to find out why he also received backlash...