Jimmy Kimmel apologises for false claim that Pence carried empty boxes

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 09, 2020, 01.09 PM(IST)

'Jimmy is the perfect choice for us. He is deeply rooted in the Hollywood community and gifted at connecting with an audience as the consummate emcee,' said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. Photograph:( AFP )

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Kimmel tweeted out the clip Friday morning, saying: “A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing.” It quickly went viral, accumulating millions of views. 

 

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel apologized on Friday after a joke he made about Vice President Mike Pence was proven inaccurate. In the gag, Kimmel alleged that Pence was carrying empty boxes of personal protective equipment for the sake of a photo opportunity. The boxes, however, were not empty.

“It would appear that [Pence] was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt,” a less than contrite Kimmel wrote on Twitter. “The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth.”

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On Thursday night, comedian Jimmy Kimmel aired a clip of Pence’s visit. He first suggested that Pence — “doing his best to lift them” — was pretending to strain as he took boxes off a cart. “Since it was going so well and also because he didn’t realize he had a mic on, Magic Mike decided to keep it going,” Kimmel said. “Listen in closely here.”

Pence is heard being told the remaining boxes are empty, and he responds: “Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?”

Kimmel asserted, “Mike Pence pretending to carry a big box of PPEs into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he’s doing: a big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing.”

Kimmel tweeted out the clip Friday morning, saying: “A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing.” It quickly went viral, accumulating millions of views. 

 

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