Videos of Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon dressed in blackface resurface amid Megyn Kelly controversy
Video footage featuring liberal comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon has resurfaced, just in time for Megyn Kelly’s imminent departure from NBC.
Kelly has been under fire all week after making controversial remarks about blackface and Halloween during Tuesday’s “Megyn Kelly Today” show.
In her remarks, Kelly told her guest panelists that dressing up in blackface was “OK” when she was a child, and mused whether it was all right for white people to dress up for Halloween in blackface if they were playing a character.
In that vein, videos featuring Kimmel and Fallon expressing their comedy expertise by dressing up as black men have resurfaced.
What’s the deal with the Kimmel video?
In one video from Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” which ran from 1999-2004, Kimmel — who now hosts ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — can be seen impersonating black former Utah Jazz basketball star Karl Malone.
During the impression, Kimmel speaks with a defined speech impediment and acts in a manner that suggests he believes Malone is less than intelligent.
And the Fallon video?
Another video making the rounds on the internet features Fallon, host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”
In a skit on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” which aired in 2000, Fallon impersonated fellow comedian and “SNL” host, Chris Rock, who is black.
You can watch a portion of the segment in the video player below.
On Thursday, reports emerged that Kelly’s departure from NBC was imminent and that she was in talks to return to Fox News.
Reports also noted that Kelly is set to fight for the rest of her $69 million contract. A source told the Daily Mail that Kelly would likely get the rest of her contract money.
“Here’s the worst part — her deal is a non-break deal — so she walks away with all that money,” the source explained. “It’s disgusting and heads should roll here because of it.”
The report also noted that Kelly was in talks to possibly return to Fox, where she had her hit show, “The Kelly File.”
“A network news insider tells DailyMail.com that there are tentative conversations underway about Kelly returning to Fox News, whose viewers despise what they perceive as ‘political correctness’ and would likely welcome her back with open arms,” a portion of the report read.
A spokesperson for NBC declined to comment on the outlet’s reporting.