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NBC to screen Roots songs for Fallon

NBC is now checking the songs the Roots play on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon after the band performed an off-color song during Michele Bachmann’s show appearance last month.

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots says now he’s “gotta clear a lot of the song choices” with the network.

“It’s still a comedy show, so they promise not to step on my toes or that type of thing, but they definitely want to know the title of the song, the subject matter of the song, can it be seen as an insult?” he said in an interview Thursday. READ FULL STORY

EW's Ken Tucker to Craig Ferguson: Kardashians are 'grotesque representations of humanity'

Attaboy, Ken!

EW’s own Ken Tucker made a repeat visit to The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Thursday and as usual, our plain-talking critic held nothing back. In the clip below, hear Tucker tease one of his favorite shows of 2011 (he has excellent taste) and who won’t be making his Best Of list later this month.

(As for his choice in shoes, we are going to have to decline comment). READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon bandleader says Bachmann's 'Tea Party extremists' hurling racial slurs

Just when we thought the media furor between NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Rep. Michele Bachmann was finished, this could stir things up again: Fallon’s bandleader and drummer ?uestlove says “Tea Party extremists” are hurling racial slurs at him on Twitter.

“I’ve seen some really colorful epithets in the past four days, but ‘n—er f–khead ghetto stick’ is probably the one that takes the cake,” the Roots musician told Pitchfork.com. “I’m still trying to get my head around that one. Blocking 3,500 Tea Party extremists [on Twitter] in a three day period is no fun, especially when you’re a drummer dangerously close to carpal tunnel.” READ FULL STORY

NBC apologizes to Michele Bachmann, 'severely reprimanded' Fallon band

NBC took steps to smooth over Republican criticism in the wake of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

A network spokesperson told EW.com that NBC reached out to Bachmann “privately” yesterday, and on Thursday CNN.com confirmed the Republican presidential candidate received a letter from NBC late night executive Doug Vaughan.

Bachmann’s spokesperson said Vaughan apologized for Fallon’s band playing “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” by Fishbone as she came on stage Monday night, and called the incident “not only unfortunate but also unacceptable.” The spokesperson also said that Fallon’s band was “severely reprimanded.”

And here’s something for NBC to be thankful for: Bachmann accepted the apology. According to CNN, Bachmann also spoke to Fallon yesterday and the two had a “nice conversation.”

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Michele Bachmann: 'If that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized'

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says she accepts Jimmy Fallon’s apology for his house band the Roots playing the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A– B—-” as she walked in for her interview Monday, but she’s still waiting for NBC to issue one. Appearing on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom this morning, Bachmann addressed the Late Night controversy: “I wasn’t aware of it at all. I didn’t find out until later yesterday, and at that point, I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate,” she said. “I am hoping to be able to speak to Jimmy Fallon today. I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show. I’d love to go back again. But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”

Asked what she would be saying when she reaches out to Fallon, who apologized for the “mess” on Twitter and said he enjoyed their interview, she reiterated, “Of course I accept Jimmy’s apology, but this really needs to come from NBC, and this is an outrage that happened.”

A rep for NBC did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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Jimmy Fallon apologizes to Michele Bachmann for the Roots' song choice

First, Jimmy Fallon tweeted that ?uestLove “is grounded” for choosing the 1985 Fishbone song “Lyin’ A– B—-” as an intro for Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s during her Late Night interview Monday, but last night, he apologized to Bachmann, via Twitter, for his house band’s poor judgment. “I’m honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I’m so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back,” he wrote. “Actually it was a really fun interview. She helped me with my Minnesota accent. (I still sound Irish.)” (Twitter responses to Fallon’s tweets ranged from “be civil jimmy #lowbudget” to “grow a pair fallon”).

UPDATE: Bachmann responded this morning on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom, saying, “I don’t have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he’s a kick. It was a great opportunity to be on the show. I’d love to go back again. But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her and likely they could have fired the drummer, at least suspended him. None of that happened from NBC. And this is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also, I think, sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn’t be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either.”

On Tuesday, Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey had issued a statement with a similar message: “The choice of song to introduce Michele Bachmann on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night was insulting and inappropriate. I do not share Michele Bachmann’s politics, but she deserves to be treated with respect. No female politician — and no woman — should be subjected to sexist and offensive innuendo like she was last night. The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and NBC should apologize.”

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Katy Perry hosting 'SNL' with musical guest Robyn

Someone tell Kathy Beth Terry.

Katy Perry has just announced via Twitter she’ll be hosting the Dec. 10 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Robyn. “I’m SO excited 2 announce I’ll be HOSTING Saturday Night Live Dec. 10! This is the cherry on top and @robynkonichiwa is part of it!” (NBC confirms the news to EW.)

Obviously best known for her music, this appearance will mark her first go-round as host, although she previously has been the musical guest, belting out “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls” in the premiere episode last year.  READ FULL STORY

'Chelsea Lately' renewed through 2014

Chelsea Handler has signed a deal with E! Entertainment that will keep her late night talk show Chelsea Lately on the air through 2014. Handler also has a first look deal with E! and NBCUniversal for new shows she’ll develop via her production company, Borderline Amazing Productions. After Lately returns to E! on Nov. 27 for its second season.

According to the network, Chelsea Lately is TV’s top-rated late night talk show with women 18-34. Handler was also recently crowned the funniest late night comedian in an EW.com reader poll.

Conan O'Brien brings back Triumph the Insult Comic Dog -- PHOTO

An old friend is visiting Conan O’Brien tonight. For the first time since moving to TBS last year, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog will join O’Brien on the talk-show stage. O’Brien tweeted the news from his temporary offices in New York City, where the show is visiting this week (here’s an interview with O’Brien all about that).

Technically, O’Brien’s creative content from his NBC days remains the broadcast network’s property. But the host has flirted with that restriction in the past (the Masturbating Bear has been on the TBS show twice). Below is the photo. O’Brien doesn’t look entirely pleased by Triumph’s appearance. Perhaps not looking forward to picking up the poop? READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel to headline White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Prepare to change the “K” in K Street to Kimmel: Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped as the featured entertainer of the 98th installment of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, the organization announced today. President Obama and the First Lady, along with high-level government officials and journalists, will be in attendance at the Washington, D.C.-based event, which is slated for April 28, 2012 and airs on C-SPAN.

Quipped Kimmel in a statement: “I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. I love dinner.” No word yet on whether the 43-year-old host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! will push his decidedly pro-pizza agenda.

During Obama’s term in the White House, Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers assumed the comedy reins for the 2011 dinner, Jay Leno performed at the 2010 dinner, and Wanda Sykes headlined the 2009 dinner.

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Conan O'Brien on his return to New York: 'I'd be surprised if an old favorite from 'Late Night' didn't show up'

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It’s Homecoming Week for Conan O’Brien: The man who hosted Late Night from 1993 to 2009 in New York returns tonight to the Big Apple to host five nights of his TBS talk show, Conan. O’Brien recently chatted with EW about the New York shows, the difference between audiences in New York and Los Angeles, and the painful regret of the jeggings incident.

On the vibe of his New York shows:

“When we travel with the show, we like the DNA of the show to change. It’s really important to me that these feel like New York shows, so one of the key components was to make sure that I’m out amongst the people, and that it’s not something where it’s just, ‘Okay, he’s in the Beacon Theatre, but he’s doing the same old crap.’ This will be me going outside and doing the same old crap, which will be a whole new way of looking at it. In the four days that I was shooting [pre-taped segments] there, I got to just about every part of New York City, which was really fun. I could not pass a street corner where the ghost of an old remote that I had shot in the 90s would [appear]… I would pass a corner and look out the window and see Riverside Park and think, “Oh right, I was dressed as a woman on a unicycle.” We’ll be down in the Garment District and I’ll look out the window and be like, “Yeah, I remember wearing an antelope head, riding on Andy Richter’s back in ’98.” It’s all these old war stories coming back.

“This is my first time back in New York as a tourist. So it’s that cliché where I’ve never gone to the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty when I lived in New York, so now we’re actually taking the show to New York as guests, which is a fascinating new experience. I’m going to be terrified of Central Park. I’m going to be complaining about the urine smell. I’m going to be horrified that my half a bagel with cream cheese costs $35. And I’m going to walk around with a cardboard suitcase and look up at the skyscrapers and marvel at ‘them moving boxes’ that take you from one floor to the next. I’m going to look at New York with a fresh eye.” READ FULL STORY

'Jimmy Kimmel Live!': Get a first look at the show's new opening!

Virgil once said: “Look with favor upon a bold beginning.” We haven’t studied up too much on the great Roman poet, but we’re guessing he wouldn’t mind if you used those words as lofty introduction for the new opening credits for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The ABC late-night talk show has featured the same sequence since its debut back in 2003, but that all changes tonight. Gone are the days when Jimmy shuffled his way to work on Hollywood Boulevard in a three-quarter sleeve baseball shirt; he’s now a sleek-outfitted special-ops superhero who urgently zip-lines and ninja-tumbles his way to the studio. Hurry, Jimmy! Rebecca Romijn isn’t going to flirt with herself and the Fray must play! Get your first peek at the new opening below. READ FULL STORY

Beavis and Butt-Head hijack Jimmy Kimmel -- VIDEO

UPDATED: Beavis and Butt-Head will make a surprise appearance on tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote their return to MTV (video added below). The duo will crash Jimmy’s interview with Snooki and apparently try to host the ABC late-night talk show themselves … but, of course, are animated so I’m unsure how that works exactly. Anywhere, here’s an exclusive preview pic: READ FULL STORY

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