Jimmie Walker Accused of Firing Gay Opening Comic, Going on Homophobic Rant

Jimmie Walker at the The Paley Honors: A Special Tribute To Television's Comedy Legends at Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 21, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA (Credit: Shutterstock)

Actor Jimmie Walker, best known for his role as J.J. Evans on the 1970s sitcom Good Times, is accused of blocking comedian Sampson McCormick from opening his show and dropping F-bombs in a homophobic rant.

McCormick is a guest host and stand-up comic who travels across the country telling jokes. During a recent appearance on new streaming network Fox Soul’s The Tammi Mac Late Show, he recalled working with “nasty motherf—er” Walker, adding that the worst experience of his career took place a few years back in an Alexandria, Virginia comedy club with the TV star.

“He was the most disgusting person that I’ve ever worked with in this business,” said McCormick.

“He comes in the green room. He sees me. I stand up and I introduce myself. I say, ‘Hey, I’m Sampson. I’m opening for you tonight.’ He goes, ‘Hold up, what’s a Sampson?’ I say, ‘Me. I’m your featured tonight,'” McCormick said, noting that Walker replied “interesting” and left the room.

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“About ten minutes later, his manager came back in with a white envelope and she said ‘I don’t know how to tell you this, but we won’t be needing your services tonight. So, I want to make sure that you got paid.’ She wrote me a check out of her own pocket, and she said Mr. Walker doesn’t want you to open the show tonight. And she wouldn’t tell me why,” McCormick continued.

The night didn’t end there, the comic said. He decided to stay for the show and what happened on stage left him speechless. He recalled Walker walking out on stage and addressing the audience by saying, “Can you believe they were going to have a f-g open the show for me tonight?”

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The comic added that Walker brought Ellen DeGeneres into his line of attack by saying, “I came up with Ellen on the circuit and she needs some d-ck.” He also said, the jokes got worse from that point on.

“He said some really nasty things and I wouldn’t sit here and make that up,” recalled McCormick.

A rep for Walker did not immediately respond to Urban Hollywood 411‘s request for comment. But back in a 2012 interview with CNN, he said he opposes gay marriage.

“The gay lobby is very loud. I’m totally against it,” Walker said at the time.

One thought on “Jimmie Walker Accused of Firing Gay Opening Comic, Going on Homophobic Rant

  1. COMPLETE LIE Walker does not travel with a manager or agent and doesn’t curse or use obscene language in his act. He does a non- political act, and SAMPSON MCCORMICK should be sued.

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