Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has announced he will be taking a several month long ‘break’ from his hosting duties this summer.
The ‘break’ in question just so happens to coincide with footage of him appearing in a recurring skit in which the anti-Trump host repeatedly wore black face emerged.
As The Hill reports:
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday announced he will be taking the summer off after facing criticism over wearing blackface in a recurring skit he performed while working on “The Man Show” on Comedy Central.
Kimmel, as a co-host of the “The Man Show,” performed a recurring skit that included him dressed in blackface as then-NBA star Karl Malone. Videos and photos of the skits on the show, which ran from 1999-2004, have been circulating online recently with calls for Kimmel to apologize.
How about a coloring book of yourself entitled, The Jimmy Kimmel Blackface Edition?
I have my black crayons ready. https://t.co/ezwiWH3ESE
— Stacy Washington (@StacyOnTheRight) June 10, 2020
“I’m taking this summer off to spend even more time with my family,” Kimmel said on Thursday night from his home studio. “There’s nothing wrong. I’m healthy, my family’s healthy, I just need a couple of months off.”
“While I’m gone, a cavalcade of very kind and capable people will be filling in for me,” the 52-year-old added.
While Kimmel reportedly intends to come back in the fall, given the current liberal mania for cancellation, will he be allowed to?