Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel has announced that he is taking a break from "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" for the summer.
The announcement comes on the heels of a recently resurfaced blackface controversy in which Kimmel took heavy criticism for dressing up as a former NBA player.
What are the details?
On Thursday, Kimmel announced his summer leave, citing the need for a "couple of months off."
In a video announcement from his home studio, Kimmel said, "I'm taking this summer off to spend even more time with my family. There's nothing wrong. I'm healthy, my family's healthy, I just need a couple of months off."
The 52-year-old TV host added, "While I'm gone, a cavalcade of very kind and capable people will be filling in for me."
The guest-hosted episodes will begin after Independence Day weekend on July 6, The Hill reported.
Kimmel is slated to host the Emmy Awards on ABC on Sept. 20.
The only thing worse than quarantine is finding out Matt Damon has been in your house the whole time… https://t.co/obZTVzwWiy— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel) 1592524816.0
In a parody video from Comedy Central's "The Man Show," Kimmel can be seen doing an exaggerated impersonation of black former Utah Jazz basketball star Karl Malone.
Kimmel was co-host of "The Man Show," which ran from 1999-2004.
During the video, Kimmel speaks with a defined speech impediment and acts in a manner that suggests he believes Malone is unintelligent.
Kimmel hasn't been the only one under such a microscope for performing in blackface: Earlier this month, a similar video of TV host Jimmy Fallon resurfaced in which he was performing as black comedian Chris Rock.
A spokesperson for Fallon pointed TheBlaze to a statement from Fallon on the video.
"There is no excuse for this," Fallon said in a statement. "I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."
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