The Roots sued by ex-drummer Frank 'Knuckles' Walker three months after his dismissal

This is one news story that Jimmy Fallon probably won't turn into a monologue joke.

The Roots are facing a lawsuit from ex-member Frank 'Knuckles' Walker, who was removed from the band in May after 15 years. He joined the band in 2002, seven years before the crew became the official house band for "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and subsequently "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

Walker, who joined the Roots in 2002, is suing on the grounds that the band is continuing to use his name and image in promotional materials three months after his dismissal. The suit claims his "legacy" could be damaged if The Roots continue to perform without admitting or acknowledging that he is no longer a member, according to the New York Daily News.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0630 -- Pictured: (l-r) Vocalist Charlie Wilson sits-in with The Roots on February 23, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0622 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and Tariq ?Black Thought? Trotter of The Roots during wheel of freestyle on February 10, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0599 -- Pictured: (l-r) Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and Tariq ?Black Thought? Trotter of The Roots on January 10, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0589 -- Pictured: (l-r) Damon 'Tuba Gooding Jr.' Bryson, James 'Kamal' Gray, Dave Guy, Ian Handrickson-Smith, Mark Kelley, James Poyser, Kirk 'Captain Kirk' Douglas, Frank 'Knuckles' Walker, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, and Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter of The Roots perform on December 12, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0547 -- Pictured: Singer Olivia Newton-John with The Roots on October 4, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0535 -- Pictured: Musical guest Miley Cyrus performs with The Roots on September 16, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0512 -- Pictured: Actor Leslie Odom Jr. performs with The Roots on August 1, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0519 -- Pictured: James Valentine with The Roots on August 24, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0463 -- Pictured: Rapper Lecrae performs with The Roots on May 3, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0459 -- Pictured: Kirk 'Captain Kirk' Douglas of The Roots performs on April 27, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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The suit does not reveal why Walker is no longer in the band.

Founded in 1987 by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the Roots have seen their share of members come and gone. In addition to performing every night on "Tonight Show," the band regularly performs in New York and has a massive following.

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