EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Kimmel, who urged actor Tom Arnold to launch an alleged “N-word” tape of President Trump in 2018, admitted years in the past that he imitated rapper Snoop Dogg’s voice for a observe in a 1996 Christmas album — an authentic song in which Kimmel used the “N-word” a number of instances.
The admission got here in a January 2013 podcast obtained this weekend by Fox Information. Within the podcast, Kimmel additionally changed his speech pattern in an try to undertake the voice of black comic George Wallace, in what host Adam Carolla known as Kimmel’s “crazy black voice.” Kimmel acknowledged imitating black individuals on different events as properly.
Kimmel, who’s slated to host the Emmy Awards this 12 months, introduced final week that he is taking the summer time off amid a brewing blackface controversy; he has not issued an apology.
Fox Information moreover has obtained audio from the Christmas album, “A Family Christmas In Your A–,” which got here out of the “Kevin & Bean” radio present that aired on KROQ-FM in California. A model of the observe that includes Kimmel’s Snoop Dogg imitation, “Christmastime in the LBC,” has been uploaded to YouTube.
Within the Christmas observe, a singer talked about a “fat n—- in a sleigh giving sh— away,” referring to Santa Claus. The song 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” had 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.
Liner notes from the cassette, obtained by Fox Information, confirmed the album was co-produced by “Jim Kimmel” and credited Kimmel for all “comedy material” on the album, apart from a handful of unrelated tracks. Kimmel additionally appeared on the album cowl.
Within the 2013 podcast, Carolla stated “Jimmy is doing Snoop” in the observe, and Kimmel affirmed, “This is when Snoop Dogg first came out, hit the scene, and I used to imitate him by only saying, ‘You know what I’m saying?'”
“Jimmy, do you only do black people?” somebody asks on the podcast.
“I prefer them, yes,” Kimmel responds, apparently jokingly.
Additionally in the 2013 podcast, Carolla interviewed Kimmel about his time on “Kevin & Bean.” Kimmel recalled that he as soon as “called the president of Comedy Central as George Wallace, the comedian,” from a New York Metropolis resort room after he and mates had been ingesting.
Carolla stated Kimmel adopted a “crazy black voice” to impersonate Wallace.
Kimmel continued, as Wallace: “I just wanna say I had a great time, and thank you for inviting me!”
Recalling the episode on the podcast, Kimmel deliberately adopted a dialect that Carolla described as “black.”
Kimmel remarked, “A lot of people thought it was George Wallace!”
Carolla then recounted one other episode in which Kimmel known as “The John & Jeff Show” as “your black man.” Kimmel, as recounted by Carolla, responded, “Sure ’nuff, I am!'”
Kimmel abruptly introduced final Thursday he is taking the summer time off to spend extra time along with his household. He has been tapped to host the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
KIMMEL ANNOUNCES HE’S TAKING SUMMER OFF, CLAIMS THERE’S ‘NOTHING WRONG’
In asserting his trip, Kimmel did not point out that he was beneath fireplace for a recurring skit in which he dressed in blackface for “The Man Show,” which aired from 1999-2004.
In 2018, actor Kevin Hart stepped down from internet hosting the Oscars after homophobic tweets from 2009 to 2011 surfaced.
Additionally that 12 months, ABC rapidly fired Roseanne Barr after she posted a racist tweet about former President Obama’s aide Valerie Jarrett. ABC canceled her wildly in style reboot of “Roseanne” and stated her feedback had been “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.”
However ABC’s therapy of Kimmel has been totally different.
“I’m taking this summer off to spend even more time with my family,” Kimmel stated from his dwelling studio final week. “There’s nothing wrong. I’m healthy, my family’s healthy, I just need a couple of months off.”
Kimmel apparently has disregarded calls to apologize for the blackface controversy. A consultant from ABC and his discuss present didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark from Fox Information on Sunday and Monday.
However, in 2018, Kimmel eagerly requested Arnold to provide a purported tape of Trump utilizing the “N-word.”
“I want to hear this tape! Where is this tape?” Kimmel asked Arnold in 2018, his voice rising. “You keep saying you will! When? When he’s retired?”
In the meantime, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon apologized for a 2000 blackface sketch from “Saturday Night Live.”
“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” Fallon tweeted final Might. “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.”
Kimmel, together with different late-night comedians, has strayed into more and more fraught political waters since Trump’s election.
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Final Might, Kimmel aired a deceptive clip of Vice President Mike Pence carrying packing containers of private protecting tools [PPE] right into a hospital. Kimmel claimed the packing containers had been empty, however a reporter identified that the total video revealed he merely was teasing staffers concerning the packing containers being empty.
Kimmel had scolded Pence with out revealing the context of the footage. The deceptive clip was shared on Twitter and attracted over 2.7 million views.
Fox Information’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.