Questlove’s Rep Addresses Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
News broke this week that Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots was named in a $2 million lawsuit over alleged racial discrimination. Cameramen Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino allege Questlove had them fired from NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon because they are white. Quest is denying any involvement in Decker and Cimino’s dismissal. The musician’s rep told Billboard:
Questlove denies the ridiculous allegations made in this lawsuit. Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his band mates, but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis. As NBC already stated, the decisions made regarding these employees were made by NBC, alone.
The Roots have been the house band for The Tonight Show since 2014. They previously served in the same capacity for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.