Late Night Comics Dodge Blackface Controversy

Late night talk show hosts have been suspiciously silent on the “blackface” controversies roiling Virginia politics. Both Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon avoided the subject on their Monday night monologues—but that may be because both have donned blackface themselves throughout their careers. Other late night hosts, however, were quick to pounce on the Virginia scandals.

911 Call to Jimmy Kimmel’s Beach Rental, Not Swatting

Jimmy Kimmel’s friend who was arrested for making criminal threats at his beachside rental, got busted based on a ear-witness. Law enforcement sources revealed that Adam Perry Lang’s arrest was based on his ex-wife recognizing his voice on the 911 recording. The cops went to the home of Adam’s ex-wife around 3 am to see if she could identify the voice; she confirmed it was him. Voice recognition and other evidence led to the arrest.

Glen T. Jonas, Adam’s lawyer, told TMZ that his client did not make the call, cooperated with police and will be fully exonerated.

Jimmy was initially told that it was a swatting call, but police later determined that was not the case. The comedian has not commented on the arrest.

Kimmel SWATted

Jimmy Kimmel’s beach house was SWATted over the weekend — it’s a prank where someone calls 911 making a serious violent threat, says they’re at a specific address hoping a bunch of police show up, and cause a scene. The caller said he was holding his girlfriend hostage at the residence. When police showed up, Kimmel wasn’t there, but a friend of his was staying at the house and asleep at the time. He was originally a suspect but records show his phone was off and he was indeed sleeping. The situation lasted 8 hours and neighboring houses were evacuated.

Oscar Host: Kevin Hart

The Oscars had been struggling to find a host for its 2019 broadcast — but landed on Kevin Hart. Following lackluster ratings and the La La Land Best Picture snafu, A-listers aren’t clamoring for the top emcee spot.

The Hollywood Reporter says that everyone who’s anyone had turned it down, including Oprah, Justin Timberlake, Julia Louis-Drefyus, Jerry Seinfeld, and even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as a team effort, who successfully helmed the Golden Globes a few years back.

The job requires weeks of work for a paltry low-six figures; the media, critics and fans inevitably rip the host to shreds; and the show does little to make the host more visible or famous.

In recent years, no one has done it more than twice, including Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen Degeneres, Hugh Jackman, Chris Rock, and Jon Stewart. In contrast, Bob Hope did it 19 times in his heyday.

Kid Rock For Senate

Kid Rock is Michigan’s newest senator…according to Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night TV host pranked some unknowing pedestrians by telling them that the rocker had won a senate seat. After hearing the fake news about the election, one interviewee said “I did hear a little bit about it today in the morning. I didn’t go too much into detail, but I did see it on my phone.” Jimmy’s team went all out, playing videos from one of Kid’s concerts and saying it was a victory speech and discussing the performer’s platform.