By James Hibberd
November 24, 2011 at 07:22 PM EST

NBC took steps to smooth over Republican criticism in the wake of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

A network spokesperson told EW.com that NBC reached out to Bachmann “privately” yesterday, and on Thursday CNN.com confirmed the Republican presidential candidate received a letter from NBC late night executive Doug Vaughan.

Bachmann’s spokesperson said Vaughan apologized for Fallon’s band playing “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” by Fishbone as she came on stage Monday night, and called the incident “not only unfortunate but also unacceptable.” The spokesperson also said that Fallon’s band was “severely reprimanded.”

And here’s something for NBC to be thankful for: Bachmann accepted the apology. According to CNN, Bachmann also spoke to Fallon yesterday and the two had a “nice conversation.”

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