Jimmy Kimmel announced last week that his TV show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” was going on hiatus for the summer.
“I’m taking this summer off to spend even more time with my family,” Kimmel said. “There’s nothing wrong. I’m healthy, my family’s healthy, I just need a couple of months off.”
Many wondered if Kimmel was taking time off to allow the heat die down over resurfaced video clips of him in blackface doing an exaggerated impersonation of former Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone, especially since this has been the summer of canceling people.
On the heels of Kimmel’s blackface controversy, another old clip has emerged that shows the progressive TV host in a very negative light.
A clip from an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” went viral this weekend, showing Kimmel laughing while actress Megan Fox explains how director Michael Bay sexualized her as a 15-year-old.
In the clip that has more than 3.3 million views in less than 24 hours, Fox is telling the story of the first time she worked with Bay on a movie. Fox, who had just turned 15-years-old at the time, was cast in the 2003 buddy cop flick “Bad Boys II.” Fox, who was in 10th grade at the time, was cast as a bikini-clad dancer.
“The first time I ever worked with [Bay], actually, I had just turned 15 and I was an extra in ‘Bad Boys II,'” Fox told Kimmel. “They were shooting this club scene, and they brought me in, and I was wearing a stars-and-stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat and, like, six-inch heels.”
“He approved it, and they said, ‘You know, Michael, she’s 15, so you can’t sit her at the bar, and she can’t have a drink in her hand,'” Fox said. “So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath a waterfall getting soaking wet.”
The crowd and Kimmel laugh, and he said, “Perfectly wholesome.”
“At 15, I was in 10th grade,” Fox said. Kimmel laughingly said, “Wow.”
“So that’s sort of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works,” Fox added. Kimmel replied, “Yeah, well, that’s really a microcosm of how all of our minds work, but some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts and pretend that they don’t exist.”
Fox would later appear in Bay’s “Transformers” movie in 2007. Fox reportedly had to do her audition at Bay’s house, where she washed his Ferrari as he filmed her.
“[Fox] told me she went to director Michael Bay’s house to audition and he made her wash his Ferrari while he filmed her. She said she didn’t know what had happened to that footage,” The Guardian reported in 2009. “When I put it to Bay himself, he looked suitably abashed. ‘Er, I don’t know where it is either.'”
Fox said that Bay and several cast members of the 2009 “Transformers” movie “Revenge of the Fallen” were at her “five-hour” wardrobe fitting.
“The process of picking those outfits–I don’t have much of a say,” she said. “Mike [Bay] was auditioning Ramon [Rodriguez] and some of the other characters, and there was just a room full of men upstairs in his office–it was Shia, Ramon, two other actors, and [Bay]–and I had to, like, come up and down [the stairs] and knock on the door and try on all my wardrobe, and I had, like, 18 different outfits. It was white-jean shorts, a pink belly-shirt, motorcycle boots, and we went through a whole thing. Mike was selecting them in the process of auditioning.”