Kimmel is also under fire after being caught using the n word repeatedly while imitating rapper Snoop Dogg in newly unearthed audio that dates from 1996.
In the song, Kimmel can be heard rapping: ‘Me and my n***er down in LBC, we’ll smoke that motherf***er
Disgraced comedian Jimmy Kimmel has fled LA for a secret location in an attempt to avoid the race row sparked after photos emerged of him doing skits while in blackface
Kimmel is also under fire after being caught using the n word repeatedly while imitating rapper Snoop Dogg in newly unearthed audio that dates from 1996
Kimmel had also come under fire for wearing blackface in TV sketches dating back to the 90s in which he impersonated the likes of NBA player Karl Malone (left) and Oprah Winfrey (right).
The track repeats the racial slur several times, including ‘fat n***er in a sleigh giving sh*t away’ and also ‘n***er in the manger.’
On Tuesday, Kimmel finally apologized in a video message in which the skits were described as ’embarrassing’ and he claimed to have ‘evolved and matured’ over the last 20 years.
JIMMY KIMMEL’S APOLOGY IN FULL
I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us. That delay was a mistake. There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke.
On KROQ radio in the mid-90s, I did a recurring impression of the NBA player Karl Malone. In the late 90s, I continued impersonating Malone on TV. We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible. I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head. I’ve done dozens of impressions of famous people, including Snoop Dogg, Oprah, Eminem, Dick Vitale, Rosie, and many others. In each case, I thought of them as impersonations of celebrities and nothing more. Looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices.
I believe that I have evolved and matured over the last twenty-plus years, and I hope that is evident to anyone who watches my show. I know that this will not be the last I hear of this and that it will be used again to try to quiet me. I love this country too much to allow that. I won’t be bullied into silence by those who feign outrage to advance their oppressive and genuinely racist agendas.
My summer vacation has been planned for more than a year and includes the next two summers off as well. I will be back to work in September.
Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain and to those I’ve disappointed, I am sorry.
He added: ‘There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke.
‘I believe that I have evolved and matured over the last twenty-plus years, and I hope that is evident to anyone who watches my show.
‘I know that this will not be the last I hear of this and that it will be used again to try to quiet me. I love this country too much to allow that.
‘I won’t be bullied into silence by those who feign outrage to advance their oppressive and genuinely racist agendas.’
Friends of the 52-year-old said he has now left town in a bid to avoid the row and is hoping his apology will see him left alone.
A source told DailyMail.com: ‘Jimmy said he is getting out of town to duck this c***. He just wants to be left alone with his family.’
A representative for Kimmel insisted that the break is a vacation planned well in advance and added that he also intends to take the next two summers off to spend time with his family.
Kimmel had come under increasing pressure to apologize after fellow comedian Jimmy Fallon issued a mea culpa on June 2 after footage emerged of him in blackface while impersonating Chris Rock for an SNL skit in 2000.
In a statement issued via Twitter, Fallon, 45, said: ‘In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface.
‘There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.’
Until Tuesday, Kimmel had resisted pressure to apologize for his own skits – one of which featured him impersonating Oprah Winfrey – but had taken himself off air for the summer.
He had also come under fire for wearing blackface in TV sketches dating back to the 90s in which he impersonated the likes of NBA player Karl Malone.
He and his family are currently holed up in a luxury location outside of LA for a summer vacation, which Kimmel claimed had been planned long before the race storm broke.
However, DailyMail.com can reveal that Kimmel has been under pressure to apologize for his blackface past for more than a year, with singer Nick Cannon repeatedly calling the comedian out on social media from February 2019 and inviting him to talk.
In a post on February 9 2019 that tagged Fallon and Kimmel and included video of them dressed in blackface, he said: ‘You know I’m always on the side of the comedian and never pander to the sensitive, but I feel there needs to be some ‘truth & reconciliation’ discussions and teachable moments amongst our communities.
ailyMail.com can reveal that Kimmel has been under pressure to apologize for his blackface past for more than a year, with singer Nick Cannon (pictured) repeatedly calling the comedian out on social media from February 2019 and inviting him to talk
‘I’m ready and willing for the discourse, so who wants to step up to the table first? In the meantime, I’ll just leave this right here. Tell the Jimmys to holla at me!’
A follow up post on the same day showed photos of the pair in blackface, with the caption: ‘Happy ‘BLACKFACE’ History Month. I’m sure we can expect some more apologies.’
A source close to Cannon said: ‘Nick has been reaching out to Kimmel for over a year about this. All he wanted was for him to come to the table, sit and talk about what happened.
‘When a plea to talk like his goes unanswered for so long, it leads to the build-up of the kind of rage we’re seeing today.’
Representatives for Kimmel and Cannon have been approached for comment.
Jimmy Fallon issued a mea culpa on June 2 after footage emerged of him in blackface while impersonating Chris Rock for an SNL skit in 2000
Twitter slams ‘disgusting’ 2009 Jimmy Kimmel interview with Megan Fox that sees him ‘sexualizing her’ as a 15-year-old after it resurfaced online
Fans are rushing to Megan Fox’s defense after a 2009 interview with
In the 2009 interview, Megan, now 34, shared a disturbing story about being sexualized in a Michael Bay film when she was just 15 — but rather than sympathizing or seeming troubled by the story, Jimmy, now 52, cracks an inappropriate joke about her teenage sexuality.
Commenters have called the clip ‘disgusting’ and ‘terrible,’ with one making a convincing case for how unfairly Megan was treated in Hollywood in her 20s.
Twitter user Liz W shared the clip, which has been viewed over six million times.
Re-examined: In a 2009 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Megan shared how she was cast to dance in a bikini under a waterfall at age 15 — and she is clearly put off by the memory
‘Megan Fox tells a story about Michael Bay sexualizing her as a 15 y/o. The crowd laughs, and Kimmel makes gross jokes. Teen girls being preyed on by older men has never been taken seriously and still isn’t,’ she wrote.
In the clip, Megan recalled being on the set of Bad Boys II, for which her credit read ‘Stars-and-Stripes Bikini Kid Dancing Under Waterfall.’
‘I had just turned 15 and I was an extra in Bad Boys II. They were shooting this club scene and they brought me in, and I was wearing a Stars-and-Stripes Bikini and a red cowboy hat. And six-inch heels,’ she said.
‘And he approved it, and they said, you know, “Michael, she’s 15, so you can’t sit her at the bar and she can’t have a drink in her hand.
‘So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath a waterfall getting soaking wet,’ she concluded with a straight face.
When the crowd laughed, she reiterated: ‘At 15. I was in tenth grade. So that’s a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.’
Kimmel then responded: ‘Well that’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work.’
Yikes: When she tells the story, though, Kimmel replies with a sexual joke and the audience laughs
Not OK: Viewers are now looking at the interview with horror, pointing out that Megan was trying to share a troubling story and it wasn’t taken seriously
Megan looked uncomfortable, running her hands down her legs and cringing at the audience while Jimmy added that ‘some of us have the decency to suppress those thoughts and pretend that they don’t exist.’
The interview doesn’t appear to have spurred much outrage online at the time, but now Twitter users are expressing their horror at the way Megan’s experience was made light of.
‘His response is even worse what the hell,’ wrote one. And another: ‘WTF were they doing casting a 15 year-old as a bikini-wearing clubber?’
‘I think Fox’s reaction shows a lot,’ said a third. ‘She’s so clearly visibly upset by Kimmel’s reaction but can’t say anything to his awful joke. This is terrible to watch, it’s a kind of abuse in real time. Even a high star celebrity is not immune.’
‘That single nod she did after his “joke” was the exact moment she realized all men are the same and it probably scared the shit out of her to get that response from a tv host with so much power,’ another agreed.
One more chimed in: ‘What an utterly disgusting take by Kimmel. Why is, “I’m so sorry that happened to you”, something that is beyond his imagination to say. Instead he offers, “We all have those thoughts, but we repress them”. God damn, she was 15. Who the Hell is “We”?
And yet another wrote: ‘The way Hollywood and the media treated Megan Fox in general was deeply disgusting.’