EXCLUSIVE

Questlove Accused of Issuing Ultimatum: Fire Two White Employees or The Roots Quit

The two white employees who claim they were the victims of racial discrimination now say Questlove issued an ultimatum to NBC to fire the pair or The Roots would quit “The Tonight Show.”

As The Blast first reported, Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino sued NBC and Questlove after they were fired over an incident where they claim they received “an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight Show stagehand.”

NBC and Questlove have denied all the allegations and filed to have the case dismissed the case or moved to arbitration.

In a new filing by Decker and Cimino, they now allege that Questlove “had given NBC an ultimatum of either firing Decker and Cimino (because they are Caucasian) or Questlove and thus The Roots would resign from the Tonight Show.”

They also claim that Questlove admitted that he was involved in the firing when he tweeted a link to the original lawsuit story and added, “[T]hat time I got sued for being offended by racism.”

Decker and Cimino believe that statement runs contradictory to NBC’s statement about the lawsuit in which they described the decision to fire the two men as “the company’s alone.”

The case remains ongoing.

The Blast reached out to reps for both NBC and Questlove — so far, no word back.