Jimmy Kimmel Announces Summer Vacation Amid Blackface Controversy


ABC Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – GOP, Dems jockey for a position on Biden police reform to give a virtual interview with Colbert on Thursday Jimmy Kimmel: “I was wrong” to share a misleading video by Pence PLUS On Thursday, he announced that he would be taking his leave this summer after being criticized for wearing a blackface in a recurring skit he played while working on “The Man Show” on Comedy Central.

Kimmel, as co-host of The Man Show, produced a recurring skit that included him dressed in blackface as an NBA era star Karl Malone. Videos and photos of the show’s sketches, which ran from 1999 to 2004, were recently posted online with calls for Kimmel to apologize.

“I’m taking this summer to spend even more time with my family,” said Kimmel Thursday evening from his home studio. “There is nothing wrong. I’m healthy, my family is healthy, I just need a few months off. ”

“During my absence, a cavalcade of very nice and capable people will fill me,” added the 52-year-old.

Kimmel’s announcement comes after rival “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon recently apologized for a blackface sketch he made on “Saturday Night Live” in 2000.

“In 2000, when I was on SNL, I made the terrible decision to impersonate Chris Rock in black,” Fallon said on Twitter in late May after the murder by Afro police -American George Floyd in Minneapolis. “There is no excuse for this. I am truly sorry to have made this undoubtedly offensive decision and thank you all for holding me accountable. ”

Kimmel started out as the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live! 18 years ago and recorded 3,130 episodes over that period.

Guest-hosted episodes will begin after the Independence Day weekend on July 6.

Kimmel is scheduled to host the Emmy Awards on ABC on September 20.

He last took leave in 2017 when his son was born with a congenital heart condition and underwent several surgeries as a result. The host reported on the show in September 2019 that his son was “fine.”

Kimmel’s former hosts include former Democratic presidential hope of 2020 Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegObama will join Biden virtually for his first joint fundraiser Hill’s campaign report: Biden celebrates the 4th anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shootout., as well as the actors Matt Damon, Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Tracee Ellis Ross.


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