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The Roots no longer have carte blanche to pick songs on Fallon

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Feel free to file this one under "obvious punishments everyone saw coming from miles away."

Remember how ?uestlove, drummer/de facto leader of The Roots, the eight-piece that moonlights as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, told his Twitter followers to pay close attention to the song they were going to use to intro GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who, presumably, does not share many of the same political beliefs as ?uestlove, drummer/de facto leader of The Roots? And remember how that song ended up being Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch," which is kind of funny, sure, but also maybe not the greatest use of your political free speech, in that you are basically calling a woman a "bitch"? Well, the other shoe has officially dropped.

According to NY Post, who evidently got their hands on the new Rolling Stone before it hit the newsstands, the group's going to have to get intro songs cleared from now on:

While Bachmann didn’t object on camera, the lyrical diss caused a huge stir and NBC had to apologize. Questlove tells the magazine he was awakened by a 9 a.m. call the next morning summoning him to 30 Rock, where he was told he must clear every song with three different NBC execs, and he was forbidden to tweet about the incident. “It was a real bummer,” Fallon told Rolling Stone. “We don’t want to censor anyone, but . . . I don’t know. Maybe Questlove is a Romney guy."

Damage control complete!