Jimmy Fallon Addresses ’47 Percent’ Comments as Mitt Romney

by | September 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM | Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon as Mitt Romney (NBC)

He’s no Jason Sudeikis, but on Tuesday night’s “Late Night,” Jimmy Fallon impersonated Mitt Romney in a sketch spoofing the Republican presidential hopeful’s recent “47 percent” remark.

Earlier this week, Romney found himself in hot water after videos of him speaking candidly about Obama voters at a small fund raiser surfaced on the web. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney remarked in the videos.  “All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”

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In his bit on Tuesday, Fallon staged a mock press conference to apologize for the comments which he described as, “something to the effect of me not caring about 47 percent of the country because they’re all basically freeloaders sucking off the teat of the rich.

“I know what you’re thinking,” he continued. “Teat of the rich? Let’s leave Kate Middleton out of this.”

Although the real Romney has said that the comments reflect his campaign’s message, Fallon’s excuse was, uh, slightly different. “I admit what I said was not elegantly stated,” Fallon admitted. “Perhaps I made a bit of a Honey Boo Boo.”