Racial discrimination lawsuits have been filed against “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” bandleader Questlove. According to affidavits, two cameramen Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino claim that Fallon’s band leader saw to their dismissal regarding a chain of text messages that involved a third NBC Employee who was not fired.
According to the New York Post: NBC terminated Decker and Cimino in June 2017 after learning of a group text exchange that included use of the N-word. According to their attorney, Decker and Cimino received the text in question from another crew member but did not respond. The text included “a piece of fried chicken with a bite out of it with a racial slur that inevitably depicts African Americans,” according to attorney Richard Roth. It was sent to Decker, Cimino and The Roots bassist Mark Kelley. Decker and Cimino allegedly did not respond to the message, which was sent in the middle of a show taping.
Decker and Cimino, who are white, were fired the day after the text was sent. According to the lawsuit, Questlove personally saw to their dismissal. However, Kelley, who is African-American, was not fired. NBC, Fallon, and Tonight Show representatives have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
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