The Office creator Greg Daniels has cut a scene featuring blackface from an episode of the show. The 2012 episode, “Dwight Christmas,” features a brief scene of a character in blackface as part of Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) efforts to get the Dunder Mifflin staff to celebrate a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. The re-edited episode will replace the previous version on Netflix, its current streaming home (the show will move to NBCUnviersal’s Peacock platform in 2021), in syndication and on streaming platforms where it’s available for purchase.
The latenight host also says waiting to say something about the impersonation “was a mistake.”
Jimmy Fallon apologized on Tuesday after drawing criticism for a Saturday Night Live sketch from 2000, featuring him in blackface, that resurfaced online. In the skit, Fallon was portraying comedian Chris Rock while talking to Darrell Hammond as TV host Regis Philbin. NBC had previously removed the video from the internet, but clips have been circulating on Twitter and YouTube.