Jimmy Kimmel and Michael Bay are in the midst of intense public scrutiny.
A several-years-old clip from the 52-year-old comedian’s present recently resurfaced online and featured Megan Fox recounting an expertise with director Bay when she was an adolescent.
Within the clip, Fox, now 34, recollects working as an additional on “Bad Boys II,” directed by Bay, now 55.
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The actress stated that at simply 15 years old, she was wearing a bikini and heels however couldn’t sit at a bar resulting from her age.
“[Bay’s] solution to that problem was to then have me dancing under a waterfall getting soaking wet,” stated Fox to laughs from the group. “At 15, I was in 10th grade. That’s sort of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”
Kimmel responded: “Well that’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work, but some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts and pretend that they don’t exist.”
Each the comic and Bay have been skewered on social media.
“Michael Bay has always been so up himself, this doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s totally unacceptable, the response was totally unacceptable and the fact nothing has been done about it is totally unacceptable,” said one person.
Wrote one other individual: “This is disgusting. Why hasn’t @jimmykimmel or @michaelbay been called out on this atrocious behaviour before? How does all of this start to surface now, years later, when it should’ve been dealt with then and there?”
“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,” wrote one user. “Instead he offers, ‘We all have those thoughts, but we repress them’. God damn, she was 15. Who the Hell is ‘We’?”
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“His response is even worse what the hell,” said another of Kimmel.
A third added: “[He] basically said, ‘we all have thoughts sexualizing minors but we keep quiet about it bc we are good guys’ i knew there was a reason i always instinctively disliked jimmy kimmel.”
Within the interview, Fox introduced Kimmel with a sketch of the comedian with exaggerated muscle mass and Kimmel returned the favor, displaying off a drawing of himself and Fox “together” in mattress, seemingly making out.
Reps for Kimmel, ABC and Bay didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for touch upon the matter.
The backlash comes as Kimmel fights off a number of different accusations of inappropriate habits all through his profession.
Kimmel not too long ago owned as much as having “white privilege” throughout a phase on his present however uncared for to deal with his use of blackface throughout his days internet hosting “The Man Show” within the early 2000s, by which he would darken his pores and skin whereas impersonating celebrities like Oprah Winfrey.
Within the feedback of a video depicting such impersonations, Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon — who additionally wore blackface whereas imitating Chris Rock within the video — have been deemed “racist.”
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Fox Information has additionally obtained audio of Kimmel admitting years in the past that he imitated rapper Snoop Dogg’s voice for a observe in a 1996 Christmas album — an unique music by which Kimmel used the “N-word” a number of instances.
In the identical podcast, Kimmel additionally imitated black comic George Wallace, utilizing a voice that podcast host Adam Carolla referred to as Kimmel’s “crazy black voice.”
Within the Christmas observe, a singer talked about a “fat n—- in a sleigh giving sh— away,” referring to Santa Claus. The music additionally referenced “n—– in the manger,” together with associates of King Herod.
“I told that motherf—er Santa, bring a pick for my afro,” the singer went on. The “three wise men” have been described as “bringing gifts and sh– for baby boo in the hay.”
“Me and my n—– down in LBC, we’ll smoke that motherf—— Christmas tree,” Kimmel stated.
Kimmel’s observe was recorded when Snoop Dogg was rising in reputation, Kimmel stated within the podcast.
“Jimmy, do you only do black people?” somebody asks within the audio.
“I prefer them, yes,” Kimmel responds, apparently jokingly.
Simply final week, Kimmel introduced that he’d be taking a hiatus from internet hosting his present for the course of the summer time.
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“There’s nothing flawed me, my household is wholesome, I’m wholesome. I simply want a few months off,” he explained. “So, whereas I’m gone, a cavalcade of very variety and succesful individuals will likely be filling in for me. I believe you’re going to be very pleased with them. They are going to be visitor internet hosting the present.“
Kimmel is at present slated to host the Emmy Awards later this yr.
Fox Information’ Brian Flood and Gregg Re contributed to this report.