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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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16.

Metallica0785    

I guess he doesn't have time for it since it's not a fundraiser.

72 days ago
17.

Noog    

Well at least he made the right choice. Now is not the time with all the serious matters. Hey Obama why don't you pay for the city of detroits residents water bill instead of giving away our money away to countries that hate us.

72 days ago
18.

Bean Reel    

I would have believed it had they admitted to trying to find a pulse on the President's approval --- but we all know they wouldn't be able to find one.

72 days ago
19.

DDR    

He needs to see if Oprah can get him on Iyanla- Fix my Life.

72 days ago
20.

Kàt    

I bet the golf game is still on though...

72 days ago
21.

Patlouela    

Didn't think he had any advisors with sense...

72 days ago
22.

miss b    

Good...


I for one, have had enough of O-Butthole.

72 days ago
23.

(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

Is Obama a celebrity or a sports figure?

72 days ago
24.

ChsPoof    

Uh Mo....do you happen to recall a scant umm maybe like umm 2000-2007 period where umm maybe that specific hate ratcheted up just a NOTCH?? There will ALWAYS BE religious and economic hate towards the U.S. (as there is now)...but why is it that anywhere the current President goes, there's HUGE crowds...and I think the majority of them uhh don't wanna throw shoes LMAO

72 days ago
25.

JB    

What a joke. Obama is skipping Kimmel, but will be attending a $35,000 a plate dinner? LOL!

72 days ago
26.

Kàt    

lol.... but the golf game is still on!

72 days ago
27.

eqlopper2nity    

Damn, there goes his chance to be transparent. The last place he needs to be right now is on damn talk show, golf course or fundraiser.

72 days ago
28.

Unbroken Chain    

Thanks. Who gives a crap

72 days ago
29.

Blink twice     

This guy is unbelievable. He has more guest appearances and gets more TMZ coverage than Beyoncé and Kim K combined. And people thought Clinton and Bush were bad presidents?! Lol. This guy is an embarrassment to the USA.

72 days ago
30.

Bridget    

I get the complaints about him going on a talk show, I really do. But lets all just hope you didn't turn a 10 minute talk show appearance into a two hour evening address. lol

72 days ago
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