Wayne Brady believes everyone deserves a second chance.
The “Let’s Make a Deal” presenter chimed in on Jimmy Kimmel’s recent black face controversy and some inappropriate jokes he made in the past, including using the N-word multiple times in a song from the Christmas comedy album by 1996, “A Family Christmas in Your UNA **.”
“Someone like Jimmy Kimmel, I’ve seen him as a fanatic and been on his show for a couple [of] times, “Brady told Entertainment Tonight.” It has grown. People must be allowed to grow. If I said something stupid when I was 15, am I the same guy at 20? Am I the same boy at 25? Am I the same guy at 30? “
Brady also disagrees with the culture of rampant cancellation on social media because he is a “real” and powerful force.
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“I learned that we should be allowed to learn and grow,” explained Brady. “The thing about being on TV and being a movie star, being a news person or a politician, is that your time to grow is when you’re in the public eye. You have no control over what the zeitgeist thinks, so it’s a difficult place to be. I think it also holds people accountable. It makes comedy accountable. “
48, “Whose line is it?” Star said there is a difference between a comedian who tells a bad joke and is sorry and a comedian who doesn’t care if he hurts people.
Brady said, “If you made a bad joke, and God knows we’ve all done it, then you say, ‘I’m so sorry. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking and that will never come out of my mouth again. I’m an idiot. Unlike “I’m not going back. Fun is fun and that’s just that. “I don’t believe in that.”
JIMMY KIMMEL apologizes if ‘hurt or offended’ SOMEONE WITH BLACKFACE SKITS, OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
On Tuesday, Kimmel wrote an apology on social media for his past racist acts.
“For a long time I have been reluctant to tackle this, as I knew that doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apology with weakness and encourage 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 really hurt or offended by the makeup I used or the words I spoke, “the nightly host told Fox News in a statement.
“We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible. I never considered that this could be seen as more than an imitation of a human being, one that had nothing more to do with Karl’s skin color than with his bulging muscles and bald head. I have made 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 celebrity personifications 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 lessen my criticism of social and other injustices,” he added.
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Kimmel said it has changed over the years and “anyone who sees” his program can attest that it has evolved.
“I know this will not be the last time I hear about this and that it will be used again to try to calm me down. I love this country too much to allow that, ”added Kimmel’s statement. “I will not be intimidated by those who simulate outrage to advance their oppressive and genuinely racist agendas.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain and I am sorry to those who have disappointed me,” he said.
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Kimmel abruptly announced last Thursday that she will be taking the summer off to spend more time with her family. He has been chosen to host the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. To conclude the statement, he said that his next vacation was planned in advance and that he will return to work in September.
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.