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Disney CEO says Kimmel, Behar blackface incidents handled as 'private matter'
By Joe Concha - 03/08/19 01:33 PM EST

Disney CEO Bob Iger says he dealt privately with ABC hosts Joy Behar and Jimmy Kimmel for dressing in blackface in the past, adding that the company does not condone such behavior.

“This particular incident we choose to deal with as a private matter,” Iger said to National Center for Public Policy Research’s Justin Danhof when asked about the controversy at a shareholders meeting in St. Louis on Thursday.

“We don’t condone the use of blackface under any circumstance in our world today,” he added. “We dealt with the incidences privately. We did not feel it required any particular comment."

Kimmel once dressed in blackface while doing an imitation of former NBA star Karl Malone while on "The Man Show" on Comedy Central in 2004. Comedy Central is not owned by Disney, but by Viacom. Kimmel joined ABC later that year to host his own show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

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