Jimmy Kimmel To Host Kardashians, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, James Taylor, Celine Dion In ‘JKL’s Vegas Week

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ABC has unveiled Jimmy Kimmel’s guest list for JKL’s first Las Vegas trip.
Among his guests: Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Celine Dion, The Killers, James Taylor, Marshm…

Rob Lowe Does ‘Not Great’ Michael Caine, Paul McCartney Impressions (Video)

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We get it, Rob Lowe, you have famous friends.

On Wednesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the host of new Fox show “Mental Samurai” did a pair of very poor impressions. Don’t worry, Michael Caine and Paul McCartney — you don’t really sound like this.

At least Lowe knows his impersonations are “not great,” in his own words. The “JKL” YouTube page went a bit further, referring to them as “terrible.”

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Lowe’s Caine was OK at first, but then it dipped into Sean Connery territory. His McCartney trended towards a stereotypical Indian accent, which is feedback Lowe says he’s heard during his one-man show.

Perhaps the impression explains McCartney’s expression in the selfie Lowe made the Beatle take.

Watch the video above.

Rob Lowe’s “Mental Samurai” airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Fox. His one-man show is playing in Las Vegas, and hitting the road soon.

Matt LeBlanc Liked the ‘Friends’ Monkey Way More Than David Schwimmer Did (Video)

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“Man With a Plan” star Matt LeBlanc is a man of the people — and of the monkeys. The “Friends” alum told Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday that he liked that classic NBC sitcom’s marsupial, Marcel, way more than David Schwimmer did.

“I liked the monkey,” LeBlanc said. “I like animals. The monkey was really cool.”

“Schwimmer, not so much,” he added.

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“It’s just because he’s the one who had to work with it the most. He was like, ‘Again with the monkey?’” LeBlanc explained of co-star Schwimmer’s feelings towards Marcel. “But I got along great with the monkey.”

LeBlanc told Kimmel that while the monkey in the show was a boy monkey named Marcel, in real life it was a girl monkey named Katie. The guy who recently left BBC’s “Top Gear” then shared the story of the one time Marcel/Katie escaped while on set. The white-headed capuchin climbed “60 feet” to the ceiling, and “just disappears into the blackness of the stage,” per LeBlanc’s retelling.

The actor being Joey Tribbiani said it took “half an hour” and a bunch of mealworms to coax her back down. Yes, capuchin monkeys eat that sort of gross stuff.

Watch him tell the stories via the video above.

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Earlier in LeBlanc’s visit to the ABC late-night show, he and Kimmel joked about Hollywood’s big story of the day — the college admissions cheating scandal.

Watch their brief exchange on that top at the very end of the below video — the laugh is worth sticking around for.



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Jimmy Kimmel Hopes CBS Paid R. Kelly’s Bail Since He Has Been Great For Network

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Bob Iger Says Disney Dealt With Joy Behar and Jimmy Kimmel’s Past Blackface ‘Privately’

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Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company “chose to deal with privately” with the past incidents of current Disney employees Jimmy Kimmel and Joy Behar darkening their skin, both of which have resurfaced in recent months.

Those issues were brought up at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday by the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Justin Danhof. He asked Iger to comment on the two’s history — Kimmel wore dark makeup when playing NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone and Oprah Winfrey on “The Man Show,” while Behar attended a Halloween party in the 1970s dressed as a “beautiful African woman.”

Danhof asked Iger if they’re “held to a different standard than politicians and newscasters because they are comedians?” Here was Iger’s response: “The specific incidents that you raised, we chose to deal with privately. We did not feel that it required any particular comment. And nor do we have anything to say about what actions we may have taken in that regard.”

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The National Center for Public Policy Research is an organization that says it provides “the conservative movement with a versatile and energetic organization capable of responding quickly and decisively to fast-breaking issues.” Dunhof is the director of its Free Enterprise Project, which focuses on shareholder activism and the confluence of big government and big business.

Last month, conservative critics called out Kimmel, along with fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon, for not making jokes about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who gained national attention for his admission that he dressed up in blackface in the 1980s. Those critics pointed to Kimmel’s past on “The Man Show” as a reason for why he remained silent.

Also last month, the old photo of Behar resurfaced as well. Behar had previously addressed it on a 2016 taping of “The View.”

“We obviously take situations like this very seriously,” Iger continued. “We’ve taken swift action as a company at any point when we feel the behavior of someone that works for us is a discredit to our company, themselves, people who work for us, our customers, our society. And we’ve got a great track record there. And this particular incident – when we chose to deal with it as a private matter.”

You can listen to the full back-and-forth between Iger and Dunhof here.

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Adam Carolla Reflects on 10 Years of Podcasting: What’s Worked, and When It ‘Started to Sink in’

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Anyone who just started listening to “The Adam Carolla Show” is late to the party — 10 years late, to be exact. Adam Carolla will still take you aboard his “pirate ship,” however.

On Sunday, “Man Show” alum Adam Carolla will celebrate his 10-year anniversary of podcasting (and WITH his old “Man Show” partner Jimmy Kimmel — more on that in a bit). Yeah, the medium has been around that long, and no, Carolla can’t believe it either.

“I’ve always looked at ‘Loveline’ as sort of my career-defining moment in radio, but I’ve either surpassed it or I’m about to surpass it,” Carolla told TheWrap ahead of his March 10 celebration.

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Sunday won’t just be a party — it will also be a live podcast. That’s an appropriate carousal considering Carolla pretty much invented that gig.

“The live show, playing the theater format in the podcast world — as a comedian and not sort of as an NPR thing — I do take some credit for that. Certainly for opening it up to the venues,” he said. “There was a learning curve 10 years ago when we were getting started on live podcasting. The venues were like, ‘What are you talking about? Are you doing standup?’”

“Now they get it,” Carolla added.

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Carolla is not just doing a victory lap over his place in the medium’s history books. The live “ACS” shows have been incredibly valuable to the podcast becoming a sustainable business.

“It kinda started to sink in when we started to sell out all of these live shows around the country,” Carolla said of finding his new career. “It became clear that people were listening.”

Before then, “I was just sitting in a room talking into a microphone,” he added. But selling out rooms “from Minneapolis to Miami” gave the father of twins a level of comfort after being fired from radio, he said.

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As a matter of fact, pretty much the only thing that helped out more in that capacity is when Norm Pattiz and PodcastOne put Carolla under a big contract, he told us. The two parties have since re-upped for five more years.

We asked Carolla what else has been particularly fruitful for him as an unlikely revenue source in a format that’s not known for big bucks.

“The Amazon affiliate program worked out much better than we thought,” he said, referencing the e-commerce giant’s click-thru ad on his website.

Who would have thought a company with an $800 billion market cap could share some of its revenue?

Carolla and his gang — including Kimmel — will “get it on” Sunday at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Calif.

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“All Hail Gayle”: Late-Night Applauds King Interview With R. Kelly

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Gayle King got universal rave reviews on the late-night shows Wednesday for her composure and professionalism during the segment of her interview with an unhinged R. Kelly that aired earlier in the day on CBS This Morning.
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Stephen Colbert Leads Jimmy Fallon in Ratings for First Season Ever

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Stephen Colbert has dethroned Jimmy Fallon in demo ratings: The “Late Show” now leads the “Tonight Show” (and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for that matter) among adults 18 to 49.

The margin for this season’s current 1-2 rankings is incredibly thin. Considering Colbert has been dominant in total viewers for a while now, this is the very first time he could claim being No. 1 outright.

Based on the latest Nielsen data, Colbert just barely edges Fallon, with a 0.54 demo rating vs. a 0.53. Here’s a more digestible stat: CBS’ “Late Show” is currently averaging 692,000 viewers in that all-important demographic, NBC’s “Tonight” is close behind with 686,000. Jimmy Kimmel is averaging 510,000 audience members per episode over on ABC.

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The Colbert-Fallon race among adults 18-49 is so tight that it will likely go back and forth for the remainder of the season. Jimmy Kimmel is a pretty distant third in both key categories.

It’s worth noting here that Colbert aired reruns last week, which actually works out in his favor as those are omitted from seasonal averages. Fallon aired originals, which are counted. At this point in the season, barring sweeps or another special week, that will generally only hurt.

Back in November, TheWrap and others reported that Colbert’s “Late Show” beat Fallon’s “Tonight Show” in demo ratings for the first week ever. Ultimately, when the data was finalized, that preliminary Colbert victory actually ended up being a tie between the two biggest late-night shows.

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Even Brie Larson Can’t Go on Samuel L Jackson and Magic Johnson’s Italy Vacation (Video)

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Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson have become besties since working on “Captain Marvel.” They’ve done three movies and traveled the world together, they text, and they have code words, but there’s still one exclusive trip that even Larson hasn’t been able to take with Jackson yet.

Promoting “Captain Marvel” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday, Larson and host Kimmel both said how they would love to go to Italy with Jackson and Magic Johnson, as the famous pair have done every year for the past several years. When they went in 2017, local Italians mistook them for “lazy migrants” while shopping in Tuscany.

“Wait, you know about this,” Larson exclaimed. “Dude, I’ve been trying to get myself on that trip for like five years now. And I’ve never been invited!”

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“I’ve asked Magic 10 times, I’ve asked Sam six times,” Kimmel chimed in. “They always laugh, and there’s no follow-up.”

We were then treated to Photoshopped pictures of Larson and Kimmel imagining what it might be like if they were actually there. But they’re not holding their breath that they’ll ever be invited.

“Do you know how much time I spend sitting around on set? I know what month he goes, I know I’m not supposed to text him but I do anyway,” Larson said. “It’s his time, it’s his no work time.”

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Kimmel asked, does Jackson consider spending time with you to be work? “Apparently, I guess,” Larson said. “Ouch!”

The conversation came up because Larson said she and Jackson have a habit of playing a game that the two use in the movie in order to detect whether another person is a Skrull, or the shapeshifting, green-headed alien baddies in “Captain Marvel” for those who haven’t seen it yet. Because Skrulls can copy a person completely but can only possess a person’s recent memories, they have to dig deep to make sure the person they’re speaking with is the real deal.

As a result, Larson said she and Jackson typically bond over their mutual hatred of certain people they’ve met.

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“We’re pretty stealthy about it,” Larson joked. “We’ve done three movies together, so there’s a lot of people to hate in three movies.”

Watch Larson on “Kimmel” above. “Captain Marvel” opens in theaters Friday.

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Lady Gaga On ‘Shallow’ Oscar Performance: “This Is A Love Song”

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Oscar winner Lada Gaga appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday and shared her take of her Oscar performance of “Shallow” with Bradley Cooper.
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Will 2019 Oscars Have A(nother) Record Low Audience?

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The 2019 Oscars have already been a bit of a disaster: We had a host, we lost a host. AMPAS and ABC said they were moving four previously televised awards to commercial breaks — a call that didn’t go over so well and was rather swiftly reversed.

But as per usual, Nielsen’s TV ratings will have the final say in how this year’s Academy Awards actually fared.

Is the host-less ABC special doomed to be the lowest-rated Oscars ever? Or could Sunday’s show pleasantly surprise come Monday’s Nielsen returns?

Recent history — and a pair of industry ratings experts — point(s) to either option.

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Last year’s Oscars averaged 26.5 million total viewers, which is the smallest audience for the awards show ever. Jimmy Kimmel’s second turn as Academy Awards emcee obliterated the old record-low by 17 percent. Year over year, the 2018 Oscars audience shrunk by 20 percent.

The few major awards shows (meaning they air on broadcast TV) that have already aired in 2019 have mostly leveled off. On Sunday, Jan. 6, NBC’s Golden Globe Awards actually grew 4 percent in the key adults 18-49 demographic ratings, with a 5.2 vs. 2018’s 5.0. The overall audience only slipped 2 percent from the prior year, to 18.6 million from 19 million.

CBS’ Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 10 was able to nudge up its overall audience by 77,000 people. It slipped in the demo year over year, but that decline was a mere 5 percent.

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Of course, the Emmys sunk to a record low 10.2 million viewers in September (vs. 11.4 million in 2017), but hey, the decline was *just* 10 percent year over year. Believe it or not, NBC was pleased with that result. The demo decline (a 2.4 rating vs. a 2.5) was only 4 percent, so that’s something they can point to with pride.

So ABC has the industry-wide leveling-off working in its favor. Having no host is probably not going to help (much), but it does add curiosity and the potential for trainwreck-factor tune-in.

The movies are more consumer-friendly this year, which could chip in a little bit. Some critics speculate that the only reason Marvel’s “Black Panther” was even nominated for Best Picture is to draw eyeballs, especially young ones. First-timer Lady Gaga, who starred in “A Star Is Born” and is generally considered deserving of her nod, could also make a minor difference by pulling in those Monsters of hers.

Three of the Best Picture nominees — “Black Panther,” “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” — have grossed more than $200 million at the box office, only the second time that has ever happened. That should help: The only other time three $200 million movies were nominated was 2010, which scored the highest rating and the second-largest audience of any Oscar show since 2005.

(But the only recent year with a larger audience, 2014, only had one $200 million movie — in that case, viewers seem to have been drawn by the host, Ellen DeGeneres.)

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The reason ABC initially wanted to shift some trophy presentations during commercial breaks is to speed up the lengthy show and insure that it sticks to three hours, meaning it would not run beyond primetime’s 11 p.m. ET cutoff. Though final numbers will be adjusted for the final time slot and time zones anyway, any overrun that delays the show’s final commercial — which is Nielsen’s cutoff — doesn’t help when panelists have bedtimes.

If all of that sounds like we’re hedging a prediction, that’s because almost everyone is. A ratings expert at a rival channel told us there’s a “legitimate shot” for Sunday’s Oscars to break even with 2018, or possibly to even generate gains. That’s fairly optimistic, but not exactly confident. We’re told by a separate person with knowledge of conversations at ABC that executives are anticipating a decline, though not a huge one.

Either way, ABC can rest assured that the 91st annual Academy Awards will be the most-watched non-football telecast of 2019. Plus, according to Kantar Media, last year’s Oscars presentation hauled in $133 million in ad revenue, up 17 percent year over year, so that trend could help soften any sort of blow.

The 2019 Oscars air Sun, Feb. 24 at 8/7c on ABC — will you be watching? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll tell you how many (others) did come Monday.

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No More Gary From Chicago: This Year’s Oscars Won’t Feature ‘Everyday People’

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The Academy has tried — and mostly failed — in its attempts to cut down the runtime of the Oscars, but they did manage to find one way to shorten the lengthy ceremony: Get rid of the everyday folk.

In an interview with the New York Times, lead producer Donna Gigliotti said next Sunday’s show won’t feature non-famous people getting to bump elbows with Hollywood starlets, something Jimmy Kimmel had popularized during his two-year hosting stint.

“I love everyday people,” Gigliotti said. “I ride the subway with them every day in New York. Everyday people don’t get me ratings.”

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During his two hosting stints, Kimmel did a number of vignettes that featured Hollywood celebrities mingling with just plain old people in Hollywood. Last year, this included bringing Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill and Margot Robbie to a screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” to hand out movie theater snacks. Two years ago, Kimmel rerouted a tour bus into the Dolby Theatre, in the middle of the show, so a bunch of tourists (including the famous “Gary From Chicago”) could meet their favorite celebrities.

But alas, we’ll have to settle for Serena Williams talking about Best Picture nominee “A Star Is Born,” part of Gigliotti’s plan to incorporate famous non-actors into the show. Each of the eight Best Picture nominees will get a brief presentation from celebrities “outside the world of entertainment.”

The Academy has spent the past year trying to figure out ways to shorten the runtime of the show, which has pushed four hours in recent years, at the request of its broadcast partner, ABC. Last year’s Oscars drew the ceremony’s smallest audience — 26.5 million viewers — and both ABC and The Academy have been looking for ways to boost viewership.

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One of them was the short-lived “Popular” award that would honor summer blockbusters that are routinely shutout of major categories — though “Black Panther” became the first comic book film to get a Best Picture nomination. Following widespread backlash from across Hollywood, the Academy canceled plans last week to cut four key awards from the live Oscars telecast, and will now present all 24 of the major categories live without edits.

This year’s Oscars will also go host-less for the first time since 1989.

Read more in the NY Times here.

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Ben Affleck Defaced Batman Cape to Honor Tom Brady (Video)

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Ben Affleck is definitely, definitely, DEFINITELY not going to play Batman again. He made that crystal clear Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

To honor Affleck’s years behind the mask, Jimmy Kimmel hosted a retirement ceremony on his late-night ABC show.

“Warner Bros. has given us something,” Kimmel told his Thursday guest, who was there to debut his “Triple Frontier” trailer. “We’re going to officially retire your Bat-cape to the rafters.”

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“That is their official towel and cape,” Kimmel said.

To make space, they lowered and removed the sparkly thong underwear that Matt Damon wore as Liberace’s boyfriend in HBO’s “Behind the Candalabra.” Affleck gave his buddy’s jockstrap a big whiff and quipped, “Still has that Damon musk.”

Gross.

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This Bat-cape looked a bit different than the ones we’re used to seeing. On the back, it said “Batfleck” in gold lettering, with the No. 12 underneath it, football jersey-style.

“That’s Brady’s number,” Affleck explained. “You can’t be a hero unless you wear number 12.”

Yeah, the dude loves his New England Patriots.

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“I insisted to Warner Bros. that be on the whole time,” Affleck joked to Kimmel, who acted surprised by the customization. “They actually paid $80 million to digitally remove it from every movie.”

We guess there was just one thing left to say to make this whole thing official.

“I’m not Batman,” Affleck said, inserting a new keyword into the classic caped crusader line.

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Watch the video above.

For the record, while this probably goes without saying, a rep for Kimmel assured TheWrap that this one was “Definitely not a cape [Affleck] actually used in a movie.” Hey, we’re professional journalists, we had to ask.

By the way, we’re not sure security guard Guillermo has seen much “Batman.”

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‘Crank Yankers’ Revival Series Ordered By Comedy Central — TCA

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Comedy Central Is Bringing Back ‘Crank Yankers’ With Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla

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Comedy Central is bringing back Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla’s “Crank Yankers,” the Viacom-owned cable channel revealed Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

The revived “Crank Yankers” will get 20 new half-hour episodes from Comedy Central.

Updated for a digitally driven audience, the world’s favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social media, e-sport platforms and any venue where trouble can be made, per the cable network.

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This version of “Crank Yankers” will be Jimmy Kimmel’s first project for his newly formed production banner Kimmelot. Last week, Scott Lonker left agency CAA to run Kimmelot, a media company that will create scripted and unscripted content as well as digital and mobile apps, per its mission statement.

Jimmy’s younger brother Jonathan Kimmel will serve as showrunner and executive producer. He’ll be joined by executive producers and creators Jimmy Kimmel, Carolla and Daniel Kellison.

“‘Crank Yankers’ has always been my favorite show to make. Nothing is more fun or makes me laugh harder than a great crank call and I am thrilled that Comedy Central asked us to do it again,” said (Jimmy) Kimmel. “At this time, I would like to ask all Americans to disable their caller ID. Thank you.”

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Conservative Critics Call Out Kimmel and Fallon’s Past Blackface (Video)

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Some conservative critics are calling out late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon for not making jokes about Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who has gained national attention for his admission that he dressed up in blackface in the 1980s.

Kimmel and Fallon’s critics argue that the two may not be not condemning or mocking Northam because they have darkened their appearances in the past for comedic performances. The New York Post, Breitbart, and Fox News are among the outlets that have taken note. So has the Washington Timestwice.

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Fallon did a Chris Rock impression back in his “Saturday Night Live” days around the turn of the century. His full hair and makeup included blackface. Multiple people with knowledge of the show told TheWrap that the impersonation was likely done with former cast member Rock’s blessing.

Kimmel wore dark makeup when playing Karl Malone and Oprah Winfrey on “The Man Show,” a series that ended in 2004.

Neither Kimmel nor Fallon have mentioned blackface in their monologues since the Northam news broke. But Fallon has not completely ignored the Northam scandal.

On Tuesday’s show, Fallon joked about the State of the Union, “Pretty much all the Congressional Democratic women wore white. In response, the governor of Virginia said, ‘Oh sure, when they do it, it’s OK.’”

The joke was in reference to reports that Northam appeared in a 1980s yearbook photo dressed as either a Klansman or in blackface. Northam said in a news conference over the weekend that he was not in the photo, but admitted he once darkened his face for a Michael Jackson costume.

The joke comes up around the three-minute mark below:



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Three people with knowledge of Monday’s “Tonight Show” taping told TheWrap that Fallon told a Northam joke at rehearsal, but the quip did not make it to air.

Representatives for NBC and “The Tonight Show” declined to comment.

Fallon taped this week’s Thursday and Friday shows on Thursday, and did not mention Northam or blackface in either taping, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

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Watch Kimmel as Malone below.

Kimmel’s personal rep did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on this story. Nor did a rep for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

We followed up with both to ask if Kimmel brought up Northam or blackface at Thursday’s taping, but did not immediately hear back.



Kimmel and Fallon sure are awfully quiet on the blackface scandals!

— Jack Posobiec ???????? (@JackPosobiec) February 6, 2019

KIMMEL/FALLON DRESSED IN BLACKFACE WHEN IT WAS’COOL’, SHOULD THEY BE FIRED? https://t.co/7ZB1udJqje

— Michael Savage (@ASavageNation) February 7, 2019

Is #JimmyKimmel #JimmyFallon on vacation. They are as quiet as a church mouse on this “blackface controversy”

Oh wait, didn’t they dress as “blackface” too? https://t.co/MLIANhTZic

— Wayne Dupree ???? (@WayneDupreeShow) February 7, 2019

The comedy potential in Northam absurdly admitting to moonwalking while blacked up as Michael Jackson was endless, but late night comedians ignored it. Wonder why?

Almost like they’re primarily political operatives and comedians second.https://t.co/Masf0clDqy

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 5, 2019

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Jimmy Kimnel opened his ABC late-night show reacting to President Donald Trump’s just-wrapped State of the Union Address.
“This was a long speech, a really long speech.  His speech was longer than his tie,” Kimmel snarked. “He s…