A late-night host has issued an apology.
Nope it’s not Jimmy Fallon, again.
It’s the other Jimmy, Kimmel.
Kimmel issued an apology for his blackface portrayal of Black celebrities, said a CNN report.
In his statement, obtained by CNN, Kimmel wrote:
“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 (my) delay was a mistake,” Kimmel wrote.
“There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt,”
What Was The Skit?
Kimmel explained in his statement that “On KROQ radio in the mid-90s, I did a recurring impression of the NBA player Karl Malone.”
“I continued impersonating Malone on TV. We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Malone as possible.”
He admitted having impersonated other famous people, including Snoop Dogg, Oprah, Eminem, Dick Vitale, Rosie, and many others. Watch them here.
Kimmel wrote that he has since “evolved and matured” after 20-plus years.
“I know that this will not be the last I hear of this,” he said.
He cautioned that these skits “will be used again to try to quiet me.”
“Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain and to those, I’ve disappointed, I am sorry,” he wrote.
Comedian Jimmy Fallon earlier apologized for his impersonation of Chris Rock.
He did the skit in Saturday Night Live in 2000.
In the skit, Fallon impersonates Rock on a talk show hosted by Regis Philbin, who was played by Darrell Hammond.
Fallon was a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1998 to 2004.
Meanwhile, Rock was also a part of “SNL” from 1990 to 1993.
Videos of both Kimmel and Fallon portraying blackface resurfaced after the death of African-American George Floyd.
His death has galvanized the nation to call for social justice and end to systemic racism.