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JIMMY KIM­MEL may not be com­ing back! The dis­graced late-night talk host, who’s come un­der fire for per­form­ing in black­face in the past, has been tak­ing time off for a sum­mer “va­ca­tion”

— but sources in­sisted he may be gone for good.

Jimmy, 52, apol­o­gized af­ter clips sur­faced from his days on Com­edy Cen­tral’s “The Man

Show” show­ing him in black­face.

Video was also un­earthed of him mak­ing an in­sen­si­tive joke af­ter

Megan Fox, dur­ing a

2009 in­ter­view on his show, claimed she’d been sex­u­ally ob­jec­ti­fied by direc­tor Michael


“The com­ments and the black­face sketches were years ago and he’s deeply sorry,” an in­sider snitched. “But he be­lieves this isn’t who he is any­more and thinks peo­ple should know that.”

ABC ex­ecs, how­ever, are al­ready seek­ing a re­place­ment for the two-time Academy Award host, ac­cord­ing to sources. Melissa McCarthy,

Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” John­son are con­tenders, “but the name that keeps com­ing up is Ryan Seacrest,” the in­sider dished. “He’s al­ready un­der con­tract at ABC, and he’s al­ways wanted to tackle late-night.” While net­work ex­ecs are wait­ing to see if ad­ver­tis­ers will drop the show be­fore pulling the plug on Jimmy, who didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment, they may not get the chance.

“Jimmy feels like he’s be­ing un­fairly judged for a mis­take that hap­pened a long time ago,” a source dished.

Jimmy apol­o­gized for his past be­hav­ior - IN­SID­ERS

A video of Kim­mel in black­face has resur­faced

Melissa McCarthy

Kevin Hart

Ryan Seacrest

Dwayne John­son

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