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Emmys 2020: Jimmy Kimmel hosts an audience-free awards, as ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Schitt’s Creek’ rule – CNN

(CNN)The Emmy Awards went on Sunday, with Jimmy Kimmel noting at the outset that while an awards show might “seem frivolous and unnecessary” in the middle of a pandemic, “Right now, we need fun.”

The winners, however, offered what came across as a collective message — preaching unity, while urging viewers to go vote in the upcoming election, a point echoed by Regina King (a winner for “Watchmen’), Mark Ruffalo (“I Know This Much is True”) and others.
Kimmel opened the show with scenes of a packed, appreciative audience, before he revealed that he was actually performing in a near-empty auditorium.
“Of course we don’t have an audience. This isn’t a MAGA rally. It’s the Emmys,” the ABC latenight host said — the first of several jokes at President Trump’s expense — later referring to the show as “The No People’s Choice Awards.”
The awards themselves were a story of sweeps and near-sweeps. HBO’s “Watchmen” dominated the limited-series voting — amassing 11 awards overall, including seven claimed during earlier ceremonies in technical areas — and the final season of “Schitt’s Creek” swept the comedy categories.
That included Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy both winning, the first Emmys for the two comedy veterans since receiving awards for writing “SCTV” in the early 1980s. They were joined by Annie Murphy and Levy’s son, Daniel Levy, who was recognized for writing, directing and co-starring in the Pop TV show. Including earlier technical awards, the show garnered nine Emmys overall.
HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” also won its fifth consecutive Emmy for variety talk series, with Oliver noting how lucky those programs were to be able to stay in production during the pandemic, which has shut down so many scripted programs. “I will be reporting him to ICE tomorrow,” Kimmel, a fellow nominee, quipped afterward.
The 72nd annual Emmys mark the most significant award show to go on since the coronavirus pandemic ruled out the traditional everyone-together/black-tie events. Most of the other upcoming major awards, following the lead of the Oscars, have postponed their dates further into 2021.
The producers of this year’s Emmy telecast came into the ceremony with a plan to go “live, live, live,” recognizing that there would be potential logistical problems, and hoping for the best. That includes dispatching 130 cameras to catch the reactions of nominees and winners scattered across the globe.
The ceremony also sought to recognize frontline workers — with several invited to introduce categories — and announced that a donation would be made to the charity for every Emmy victory.
Through the Creative Arts Ceremony, devoted to technical areas and programs in dozens of categories not included in the main primetime telecast, HBO and Netflix were tied with 19 awards each.
Netflix broke a record this year in terms of total nominations, with 160, thanks in part to the volume of programming that the streaming service pumps out.
Neither of 2019’s big series winners, “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag,” were in contention for this year’s honors, opening the door for some new blood.
It will be interesting to see if the unusual format engenders enough curiosity to prompt more people to tune in, especially with “Thrones,” a huge popular hit, no longer in the mix. Presented by the Television Academy, the Emmys experienced a sharp ratings decline last year to record-low numbers airing on Fox.

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Jimmy Johnson reacts to Cowboys’ Week 1 loss, Brady’s Bucs & Joe Burrow’s debut | NFL | THE HERD – The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Jimmy Johnson reacts to Cowboys’ Week 1 loss, Brady’s Bucs & Joe Burrow’s debut | NFL | THE HERD – YouTube

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H.K. Arrests Jimmy Lai on Alleged Foreign Collusion: Daily – Bloomberg Politics

H.K. Arrests Jimmy Lai on Alleged Foreign Collusion: Daily – Bloomberg Politics
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Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Is Arrested Under National Security Law – The New York Times

Asia Pacific|Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Is Arrested Under National Security Law

The pro-democracy figure is the most high-profile figure detained under the sweeping law imposed by Beijing on the semiautonomous territory.

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HONG KONG — The Hong Kong police on Monday arrested seven people, including Jimmy Lai, the media tycoon and critic of the Chinese Communist Party, on charges of violating the territory’s new national security law, making him the most high-profile target of the sweeping legislation imposed by Beijing.

Mr. Lai’s company, Next Digital, publishes Apple Daily, a fiercely pro-democracy newspaper that regularly takes on the Hong Kong government and the Chinese leadership. He is often denounced by Chinese officials, pro-Beijing news outlets in Hong Kong and China’s state-run news media.

The newspaper live-streamed video footage of more than 100 police officers turning up in force and raiding Next Digital’s headquarters on Monday morning. Officers were seen rifling through papers on journalists’ desks as Mr. Lai and the chief executive Cheung Kim-hung were led through the offices in handcuffs. Officers cordoned off Mr. Lai’s office and several reporters’ cubicles for searches, photos shared on social media showed.

Apple Daily reported that Mr. Lai, 72, was being investigated on charges of collusion with a foreign country or external elements. Mark Simon, a senior executive with Next Digital, said that Mr. Lai’s two sons had also been arrested. They were being investigated for violations of the company business code. He noted that Mr. Lai’s sons were not affiliated with Apple Daily, which suggests that the authorities were investigating Mr. Lai’s private investments. A number of senior Next Digital employees were also being questioned at their homes, Mr. Simon said.

When a reporter asked Mr. Lai about the arrest and the raid, he replied, “How should I think about it?”

Mr. Lai’s arrest highlighted concerns by activists and opposition figures that the new security law would be used to silence critical voices and curb the city’s freewheeling press as part of a broader move against democracy advocates. Last month, Hong Kong barred 12 pro-democracy candidates from an upcoming legislative election and postponed the election by a year, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Many in the opposition camp said the move was most likely made to prevent a defeat of pro-Beijing candidates.

Radio Television Hong Kong, a government-funded broadcaster that has drawn fire for its aggressive coverage of the police, said on Monday its reporters had been temporarily blocked from a police briefing at the scene. RTHK said it was told by the authorities that other news outlets that had obstructed the police in the past were not allowed to attend. The information could not be independently confirmed.

The police said in a statement on Facebook that officers had entered a building in Tseung Kwan O, the location of Apple Daily’s headquarters, with a search warrant in order to investigate national security offenses. An Apple Daily reporter said that police officers had entered the offices of Mr. Lai and other arrested executives with containers, and had loaded bags of documents from the building onto a truck.


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The crackdown in Hong Kong has spurred other governments to take action: Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong, citing concerns around the new security law. China has retaliated in kind.

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Britain and the United States said in a joint statement on Sunday that they were “gravely concerned by the Hong Kong government’s unjust disqualification of candidates and disproportionate postponement of Legislative Council elections” and with the security law, which was “eroding the Hong Kong people’s fundamental rights and liberties.”

On Friday, the Trump administration sanctioned Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, and 10 other senior officials over their roles in suppressing dissent.

Mr. Lai was previously arrested in February and accused of participating in an unauthorized protest last year. He faces charges for joining an unauthorized vigil on June 4 to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown by Beijing.

His arrest on Monday is his first under the new security law, which gives the authorities broad powers to target what they view as secession, subversion, terrorist activities and collusion with foreign powers.

The police have also arrested about 15 people under the security law, including several who participated in protests and four activists accused of posting messages online. One person, a man who collided with the police while riding a motorcycle with a flag that read, “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times,” was charged with inciting secession and terrorism.

It was not immediately clear exactly what specific action by Mr. Lai led to his arrest.

Mr. Lai traveled to Washington last year and met with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, among others. The national security law stipulates, however, that it can be applied only to activities that occur after it went into force, at the end of June.

Mr. Lai previously said he believed the new law would be used against him. Soon after he first wrote about the new law, the Communist Party-owned Global Times newspaper cited mainland experts who said his tweets had provided “evidence of subversion.”

“I have always thought I might one day be sent to jail for my publications or for my calls for democracy in Hong Kong,” he wrote in an Op-Ed article for The New York Times. “But for a few tweets, and because they are said to threaten the national security of mighty China? That’s a new one, even for me.”

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Jimmy Kimmel faces backlash for ‘non-apology’ addressing blackface controversy – Fox News

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was blasted for what critics call a “non-apology” addressing his history of wearing blackface.

On Tuesday, just one day after Fox News obtained audio of his 1996 use of the N-word in a song impersonating Snoop Dogg, Kimmel issued a statement to Fox News about his use of blackface during his tenure hosting “The Man Show” in the early 2000s, most notably while impersonating former NBA star Karl Malone.

“I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us. That delay was a mistake. There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke,” Kimmel began his statement.

“We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible. I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head. I’ve done dozens of impressions of famous people, including Snoop Dogg, Oprah, Eminem, Dick Vitale, Rosie, and many others. In each case, I thought of them as impersonations of celebrities and nothing more,” Kimmel said in the statement. “Looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices.”


While the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host insisted that he has “evolved” since his days on the Comedy Central program, he claimed that his past use of blackface “will be used to try to quiet me.”

“I won’t be bullied into silence by those who feign outrage to advance their oppressive and genuinely racist agendas,” Kimmel vowed.

He added, “Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain and to those I’ve disappointed, I am sorry.”

However, the late-night host was slammed for drawing so much focus on his critics he suggests are the real racists instead of reflecting on his own misdeeds.

“People aren’t ‘feigning outrage,’ you disingenuous fraud @jimmykimmel,” Donald Trump Jr. told the ABC star. “We’re pointing out the utter hypocrisy of you & your lib friends always trying to cancel YOUR political enemies, but refusing to hold yourselves to the same woke standards. This ‘apology’ proves that point.”

“Kimmel went with the Weinstein ‘I’m fighting the NRA defense,'” conservative commentator Stephen Miller reacted, referring to disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein’s initial response to the sexual assault allegations.


“Spare us, Jimmy. You’ve called for the destruction of people for lesser offenses. You think ‘I know my motives, and I’m not racist. It was a joke,’ but you’ve torched those who said the same exact thing. You shouldn’t be canceled, but the people before you shouldn’t have either,” The Blaze’s Jessica Fletcher wrote.

“This reads a bit like ‘how dare you hold me to the same standard the @washingtonpost applies to randos, you racists,'” Hot Air senior editor Ed Morrisey said, invoking the criticized report about the Washington Post who recently targeted a woman who wore blackface at a staffer’s Halloween party in 2018.

Amid the national dialogue following the death of George Floyd, virtually every aspect of American culture is being revisited through the lens of racial sensitivity from monuments and statues, iconic food brands, to every form of entertainment. And Jimmy Kimmel is no exception.

Back in 2018, Kimmel pleaded to comedian Tom Arnold, who was promising at the time the existence of a tape showing President Trump using the N-word during his time hosting “The Apprentice.”

However, it appears a tape exists showing Kimmel using the N-word. Several times.


Just days after Kimmel announced that he was taking the summer off from his show, Fox News obtained audio of a song he recorded imitating Snoop Dogg on a 1996 comedic Christmas album, “A Family Christmas In Your A–,” which came out of the “Kevin & Bean” radio show that aired on KROQ-FM in California.

In the Christmas track, a singer mentioned a “fat n—- in a sleigh giving sh— away,” referring to Santa Claus. The song also referenced “n—– in the manger,” including associates of King Herod.

“I told that motherf—er Santa, bring a pick for my afro,” the singer went on. The “three wise men” were described as “bringing gifts and sh– for baby boo in the hay.”

“Me and my n—– down in LBC, we’ll smoke that motherf—— Christmas tree,” Kimmel said.

Liner notes from the cassette, obtained by Fox News, showed the album was co-produced by “Jim Kimmel” and credited Kimmel for all “comedy material” on the album, except for a handful of unrelated tracks. Kimmel also appeared on the album cover.

In a January 2013 podcast, Kimmel recalled recording the song, saying “This is when Snoop Dogg first came out, hit the scene, and I used to imitate him by only saying, ‘You know what I’m saying?'”

“Jimmy, do you only do black people?” someone asks on the podcast.

“I prefer them, yes,” Kimmel responds, apparently jokingly.


During the same podcast, he also shared his imitation of black comedian George Wallace and recalled how he  “called the president of Comedy Central” from a New York City hotel room after he and friends had been drinking.

While Kimmel’s apology doesn’t specifically address his past use of the N-word, it does address his past use of wearing blackface on “The Man Show,” where he wore dark makeup while impersonating Karl Malone and daytime talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Earlier this month, the ABC star addressed his own “white privilege” amid the national dialogue about the death of George Floyd.

“You hear the phrase ‘white privilege’ and it’s easy to get defensive. The first time I heard it, I did,” Kimmel said. “To me, white privilege was like what Donald Trump had – a wealthy father and a silver spoon in his mouth. It wasn’t what I grew up with, so I rejected it because I didn’t understand what white privilege meant, but I think I do now…”


He continued: “Here’s what I think it is: people who are white, we don’t have to deal with negative assumptions being made about us based on the color of our skin… whereas black people experience that every day, like every day.

“And please don’t tell me you don’t ever make assumptions about people based on the color of their skin because I don’t believe it. We all do, I know I have, I’m embarrassed to say it, but I have.”

Kimmel’s racially charged humor isn’t the only type of comedy that has been called out by critics. The depiction of women on “The Man Show” has not aged well in the era of the #MeToo movement.

Days after sexual misconduct allegations emerged against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, an old clip from “The Man Show” surfaced showing Kimmel having women on the street play a game where they had to guess what’s in his pants using their hands.


In the clip, Kimmel suggests to one woman to “use two hands” and jokingly told another, “maybe it’d be easier if you put your mouth on it.”

During an exchange with another woman, he asked how old she was. She said she was “18.”

“Are you sure?” Kimmel responded. “Because Uncle Jimmy doesn’t need to do time.”

As one contestant aggressively felt his pants with her hands, he jokingly told her “You’re gonna make a fine wife.”

Kimmel, who is still set to host the Emmy Awards this fall despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, announced on his show last Thursday that he was taking a hiatus to spend time with his family.


“There’s nothing wrong me, my family is healthy, I’m healthy,” Kimmel assured his viewers. “I just need a couple of months off. So, while I’m gone, a cavalcade of very kind and capable people will be filling in for me. I think you’re going to be very happy with them. They will be guest hosting the show.“

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host also appears to be laying low on Twitter, showing no activity since Saturday.

Fox News’ Brian Flood and Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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TV host Jimmy Fallon ‘very sorry’ for 2000 blackface skit – BBC News

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NBC’s Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for wearing blackface in a Saturday Night Live skit from 2000.

The clip went viral on Monday, and led to calls for Fallon to quit the show.

In his apology on Tuesday, Fallon said there was “no excuse” for his actions, and thanked the public “for holding me accountable”.

Several politicians and media figures, as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been embroiled in recent blackface scandals.

In the skit, Fallon wore blackface to impersonate fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Rock, who is African American, depicting him as making a joke about crack cocaine.

As the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty trended on Twitter on Tuesday, Fallon released a statement apologising for the 20-year old skit.

“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” he wrote.

“There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”

Chris Rock has not yet made any public statement about the sketch.

Saturday Night Live, which has been on air since 1975, has a history of having non-black actors portray African-Americans.

The LA Times reports other famous black figures impersonated by non-black actors include former President Barack Obama, civil-rights activist Jesse Jackson, Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray and musician Sammy Davis Jr.

The controversy also drew some social media commentators to point out that other comedians, such as late night host Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman have also performed televised comedy sketches in blackface.

NBC, the network that employs Fallon, fired news anchor Megyn Kelly in 2018 after she made controversial comments defending the use of blackface.

More recently, the Canadian prime minister and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam have both successfully resisted calls to resign for wearing blackface when they were younger.

What is blackface?

Blackface has a history of perpetuating offensive and racist stereotypes of African Americans dating back more than 200 years in the United States.

“It’s a tradition rooted in racism which is very much about the fear of black people and the laughing at black people,” Dr Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor in Sociology at Birmingham City University told the BBC in 2017.

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