- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2019

Late-night comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon have largely avoided talking about the blackface controversy in Virginia after skits of them darkening their own skin to imitate black celebrities face new scrutiny.

Mr. Kimmel, who now hosts ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” wore dark makeup while imitating NBA player Karl Malone and former daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey for his former Comedy Central show “The Man Show,” Fox News reported.

Jimmy Fallon, who now hosts NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” similarly darkened his skin in a skit lampooning Chris Rock on “Saturday Night Live.”

The skits are facing new scrutiny amid a national conversation about blackface. Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, is facing mounting calls for his resignation after a picture surfaced from his medical school yearbook that showed a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood. He later admitted to donning blackface for a Michael Jackson dance party more than 30 years ago.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, also a Democrat, is similarly facing backlash after he admitted this week to wearing blackface during a college party in 1980.

Neither Mr. Kimmel nor Mr. Fallon has addressed the controversy on their late-night shows, Fox reported.

Meanwhile, Joy Behar is facing her own controversy after a clip resurfaced of her admitting on ABC’s “The View” in 2016 that she darkened her skin while dressing as an “African woman” for Halloween in the 1970s.

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