Jamie Foxx Defends Jimmy Fallon Over 'SNL' Blackface Backlash: 'This One Is a Stretch'

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Jamie Foxx is speaking out in support of Jimmy Fallon, after the late-night host apologized for performing in blackface in a 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch.

In the sketch, Fallon was imitating Chris Rock and had a painted face, a wig and a goatee. He publicly apologized on Twitter on Tuesday after the hashtag "#jimmyfallonisover" began trending.

Foxx defended Fallon in an Instagram comment on an E! News post about the backlash Fallon has been facing.

"He was doing an impression of chris rock," Foxx wrote. "It wasn't black face. We comedians I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch."

He then referenced his time on the iconic '90s sketch comedy series In Living Color, which he starred on alongside Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Tommy Davidson and David Alan Grier.

"On a show called in living color we played every race Let this one go," Foxx continued. "We got bigger fish to fry ... #changecourse."

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Fallon's apology on Twitter reads, "In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."