NBC Bans Walk-On Hijinks for Jimmy Fallon's Drummer

Network execs want to clear all choices after Bachmann incident

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 8, 2011 9:45 AM CST

(Newser) – Bad news for those of you who were highly amused by Questlove's choice of walk-on song for Michele Bachmann: It won't be happening again. The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drummer tells Rolling Stone he was informed the very next morning that he must now clear every song with three NBC executives. "It was a real bummer," adds Fallon. "We don’t want to censor anyone, but … I don’t know. Maybe Questlove is a Romney guy."

Another fun tidbit: Fallon himself has only censored one of Questlove's previous song choices, when the drummer wanted to introduce Katie Holmes with "She Blinded Me With Science," the New York Post reports. "That would have been good," Questlove says. Rolling Stone's preview of the full article, out tomorrow, includes another cute story about Questlove's crush on Community star Alison Brie. "That girl is my Kryptonite," he says. "She's gonna have me talking like Back to the Future: 'I'm your density.'"

Ahmir Questlove Thompson with The Roots performs during an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia, Sunday, July 4, 2010.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson with The Roots performs during an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia, Sunday, July 4, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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