One of the real joys in Jimmy Fallon’s late-night run has been the Roots’ choices of jokey, thematically appropriate walk-in songs for Fallon’s various celebrity guests: “Da Butt” for Serena Williams, “Hi Hater” for Bill Hader, that sort of thing. According to bandleader ?uestlove himself, the only song choice Fallon ever vetoed was “She Blinded Me With Science” for Katie Holmes. But after the band played Republican presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann on with a cover of Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch,” all that may change.
Though the song choice was intended to be something of an easter-egg inside joke (they didn’t sing the lyrics or anything), news of it leaked out, as news does. Pretty soon, Bachmann was on Fox News complaining of misogyny, and NBC was apologizing. And now, the New York Post shares a Rolling Stone report that ?uestlove will now have to share his song choices with three different NBC execs. At least they haven’t lost their spot.