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President Obama

White House Confirms

Prez Called Off Kimmel Appearance

7/22/2014 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar5:55 PM PT -- We've learned the Kimmel plan was so far down the road ... the White House had requested Social Security numbers from everyone on the staff, and to run background checks for all El Capitan employees.
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pulled the plug on a planned "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance Wednesday ... because he didn't think it was wise to do a comedy show in the middle of 2 international crises.

TMZ broke the story ... Obama was going to the El Capitan Theatre -- next door to where Kimmel is taped -- at 3 PM Wednesday to do the show.  After we posted the story ... Kimmel's show publicist told us we were dead wrong ... there was never a plan for Obama to appear.  She said she had never heard of any such booking and she would know if that were the case.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the President was in talks with Kimmel but pulled the plug to deal "with more serious matters."  

Although Earnest says they were in talks with Kimmel, we're told he had committed to doing the show. We're also told as late as Sunday, the plan was to announce the appearance on GMA Monday, which did not happen.

LAPD sources say they were told Obama's trip to the El Capitan was a go, but they were told the plug was pulled Tuesday afternoon.

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Meggie24    

Good call - it's not the right time.

59 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

I guess they didn't return your calls TMZ, you're not important enough... plus that press conference was hours ago

59 days ago
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angelacoolsmile    

Wow first time in my opinion his administration made a good call.

59 days ago
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Lucky_130    

Obama might as well do the show, his Presidency has become a joke.
Obummer will go down in history as the president of the illegal aliens,kinda like how President Clinton was the black peoples President

59 days ago
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Joao    

I don't know why he'd call that off. Watching him pretend to be presidential and a know-it-all is pretty funny. Guess he can't be deal with two international crisis, kiss the gays and women's groups ass and chew gum at the same time.

59 days ago
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Dee    

It had to have been before Tuesday huh TMZ....since the announcement that was suppose to have been made Monday morning...didn't happen.

59 days ago
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my 2 cents    

Obama should cancel his remaining appearances in the White House too..

59 days ago
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Bob Barker    

Finally a good decision by the Prez. It's been a while. There are more important things to tend to than going on the 3rd rated late night talk show.

59 days ago
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funkybarfly    

Or in English:
The world is blowing up around us and Obama has been acting like a clown.He has to quit the fundraising,talk show appearances,vacations and golf and pretend to be a president for a while.

59 days ago
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Drizzz.    

It's a crying shame we won't see another black president for another 100 years.

59 days ago
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Rigby    

He didn't think it was wise..... more like the people of America didn't think so

59 days ago
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ChsPoof    

He was going on there in part to assure people - and WHY not use laughter at a time like this??!! He's always done what no other President has (queue the pun negative comments now ugh) and continues to do so. I'm so fortunate and glad he's our President right now in time vs anyone else it could've been. He's the reason other countries are even talking with us again vs hating us as much as before.

59 days ago
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monicava    


President Obama pulled the plug on a planned "Jimmy Kimmel" appearance Wednesday ... because he didn't think it was wise to do a comedy show in the middle of 2 international crises.

YA THINK??

59 days ago
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Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Stop the presses.....this is earth-****tering

59 days ago
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Na.na.na.na Booboo.....stick ya head in doodoo    

Earth-s.h.a.t.t.e.r.i.n.g. is censored now?! Tmz dumb as sheet

59 days ago
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