Jimmy Kimmel announces summer hiatus from late-night show

There will be no more nightly screeds from ABC’s late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel against President Donald Trump —  at least for the next several months.

The comedian announced on Thursday that he will be taking a hiatus from his program, Jimmy Kimmel Live! over the summer, Breitbart reported.

Kimmel taking a summer hiatus

“One more thing regarding my future I want to say — tonight is my last new show for the summer. I’m taking the summer off to spend even more time with my family,” Kimmel announced in a taped segment from his home, where he has been recording the show since the coronavirus pandemic began several months ago.

“I’ve been doing this job for almost 18 years,” he continued. “I’ve done 3,130 shows and there’s nothing wrong. My family is healthy. I’m healthy. I just need a couple of months off.”

“So, while I am gone, a cavalcade of kind and capable people will be filling in for me. I think you are going to be very happy with them. They are going to be guest hosting the show,” Kimmel added. Meanwhile, actor Matt Damon, with whom Kimmel has a pretend feud, emerged from a bedroom behind him wearing a bathrobe.

The two engaged in some banter back and forth that took an odd turn at the end as Kimmel’s wife emerged from the bedroom wearing a robe as well. Kimmel joked that he’d be seeking a divorce over the summer.

Dogged by blackface controversy

While Kimmel said there was “nothing wrong” that prompted his sudden hiatus from the show, The Hill reports that the host might be attempting to dodge criticism of his past actions that are no longer acceptable by the “woke” crowd.

Kimmel’s controversies include his recurring appearances in blackface for a skit in which he mockingly portrayed former NBA star Karl Malone when he previously hosted The Man Show on Comedy Central, not to mention the sexism and objectification of women that were also features of the short-lived program.

Kimmel has faced criticism in the past over his blackface skits but somehow always managed to avoid accountability.

That may finally have changed, however, given the current fervor over race, not to mention how his friend and late-night rival Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Tonight Show, recently apologized for a decades-old skit in blackface on Saturday Night Live as he impersonated former SNL star Chris Rock.

The Hill noted that the last time Kimmel stepped away from the show was in 2017 when his son was born with a congenital heart disease that required multiple surgeries.

Meanwhile, barring any further developments, Kimmel is set to host the annual Emmy Awards program on ABC on September 20. “I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it,” Kimmel said.

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