After the Roots played Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch" during Rep. Michele Bachmann's appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Monday, NBC has issued an apology to Bachmann, with a spokesperson for Bachmann saying that the network called the song choice "not only unfortunate but also unacceptable." According to the spokesperson, NBC late night executive Doug Vaughan "privately" reached out to Bachmann's camp through a letter, and added that the band was "severely reprimanded" for playing the song.
For her part, Bachmann — who addressed the controversy on Fox News' American Newsroom on Nov. 23, stating that the song choice was "clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, [and] also, I think, sexism as well" — has accepted NBC's apology, with CNN reporting that she had a "nice conversation" with Fallon yesterday. Which, assuming Fallon has seen Mean Girls, I like to think went a little something like this: "I'm sorry my house band played 'Lyin' Ass Bitch' when you appeared on my show the other night. It's not your fault you're such a lyin' ass."