NBC apologises to Michele Bachmann for offensive song
NBC television has apologised to Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann after a band played a song entitled "Lyin' Ass B----" during her appearance on a late-night talkshow.
The show's band played part of the song as Mrs Bachmann walked on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which aired early Tuesday morning.
"The fact that someone did something so hateful and disrespectful is unfortunate," a campaign spokeswoman said.
A day after the appearance, Mrs Bachmann received a personal letter from NBC vice president of late night programming Dough Vaughan, who called the incident "not only unfortunate but also unacceptable".
In offering his apologies, Mr Vaughan also promised that The Roots, the band that performed the song, had been "severely reprimanded".
Before the show aired, Roots drummer Ahmir Thompson, known as "Questlove" had tweeted a teaser, writing: "aight late night walkon song devotees: you love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title."
Questlove's Twitter profile picture shows him posing with President Barack Obama.
Fallon later tweeted that the drummer was "grounded" and said he was "so sorry about the intro mess." He also apologised directly to Mrs Bachmann after the show.
"He said he was sorry and showed a great deal of remorse, saying he was sorry it happened, enjoyed having her on the show and hopes to have her back on," the spokeswoman said.
During an appearance on Fox News, Mrs Bachmann said she accepted Fallon's apology but was outraged over the incident.
"This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite," she said. "This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman either