Is Jimmy Kimmel losing his show for good? That’s the question many people are asking since it has come out that Jimmy wore blackface and used the “N-word” multiple times in his skits during the 90s. Though the behavior took place about 20 years ago and Kimmel has matured since then, there are many calling for him to lose his show. Jimmy Kimmel released a statement and revealed that he is taking a summer break, but some think it may end up being a permanent one and they feel Kimmel is in danger of losing his show for good.
Jimmy Kimmel released a statement that you may read below.
“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.”
Now, Us Weekly reports that Jimmy Kimmel has been planning his summer vacation for over a year and has every intention of returning to his show. Jimmy Kimmel is quoted as saying the following.
“My summer vacation has been planned for more than a year and includes the next two summers off as well. I’ll be back to work in September.”
Looks like Jimmy Kimmel might be losing his show for doing blackface When he did Karl Malone and Oprah https://t.co/uQN1YlecOv
— Dave (@AgentmanDave) June 27, 2020
Still, some say that a summer vacation is not enough and they want Jimmy to lose his show for good. There has been a non-stop backlash from those who want ABC to drop Jimmy Kimmel’s show, such as is expressed in the tweet below.
@jimmykimmel. I want answers about your racist past, ABC needs to cancel your show immediately. You are a racist that made a terrible rehearsed apology, you embarrassed yourself. You do not get a pass, if people are losing their jobs for things they say, you need to go. Racist.
— Mark (@MarkE1872) June 25, 2020
What do you think about the controversy and backlash? Do you think Jimmy Kimmel should lose his show? Do you think that his apology should be enough? Do you agree with holding people accountable for wearing blackface or saying the “N-Word” decades ago?
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