Adam Carolla defended his former “Man Show” co-host Jimmy Kimmel after the late-night host issued an apology for performing in blackface in the past.
Kimmel offered an apology on Tuesday after coming under fire for wearing blackface in old sketches where he impersonated former NBA player Karl Malone. Other routines have recently come to light, such as imitating rapper Snoop Dogg’s voice for an “N-word”-filled track on a 1996 Christmas album.
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.
Carolla, who co-hosted Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” from 1999 until 2003 alongside Kimmel, discussed the controversy on his podcast Tuesday for a show airing Wednesday.
“I was saying this years ago and I meant it,” the comedian began. “Blackface is something, doing Karl Malone is doing something else, or doing Oprah is something else, or Mr. T or Jimmy Fallon doing Chris Rock. That is not blackface!”