Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel is doubling down on his political leftism and complete alienation of half the country, even if it costs him a significant chunk of his own audience.
During an appearance on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host responded to a question about his late-night cry-fest on healthcare and gun violence with a hearty “I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” regardless of the fact that Republican-leaning audience members are leaving his show in droves.
To them, Kimmel says, “not good riddance, but riddance.”
It’s probably not the best marketing and the jury is out on whether or not Kimmel’s ‘convictions’ will make his network, ABC, enough money to justify keeping him in the long run. But hey, Ashley Judd is probably a big fan, so there’s that.
“Three years ago, I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats,” Kimmel said. “And then Republican numbers went way down, like 30 percent, or whatever. And you know, as a talk show host, that’s not ideal but I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
To be sure, Kimmel has managed to stay firmly outside any sort of ‘middle,’ drawing the ire of conservatives and the love of snowflakes everywhere. Whether or not that’s a formula for a winning late-night show is yet to be seen.
Two issues, healthcare and gun control, have propelled Kimmel to either hero or dirtbag status, depending on how one views each issue. In September, the late-night host used his sick six-month-old son, Billy, as a case to keep Obamacare intact. The next month, Kimmel used the Las Vegas massacre as an excuse to lobby for gun control.
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Conservatives like Ben Shapiro have systematically dismantled Kimmel’s ‘arguments.’ Shapiro in particular has taken the lead by asking why Kimmel, a late-night comedian with a checkered past himself, all of a sudden gets to be the “great moral arbiter of our time.”
To which Kimmel responded via the same CBS interview:
“I’m not. I mean, I agree with him. I’m nobody’s moral arbiter,” said Kimmel. “You don’t have to watch the show. You don’t have to listen to what I say.”
He then defiantly added that while he would prefer that “everyone with a television to watch the show,” he really doesn’t like the people he’s turning off anyway.
“But if they’re so turned off by my opinion on healthcare and gun violence then, I don’t know, I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway. Not good riddance, but riddance.”
Is this #TrumpsAmerica? Or #TrumpDerangementSyndrome? Me thinks the latter… https://t.co/dB6kAcsSdW
— Robert Carbery (@bobbyshantheman) October 15, 2017
Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from consequences, Mr. Kimmel https://t.co/SJcBNC8LJW via @dcexaminer
— Matt Blaine (@chillblaine) October 15, 2017
So who are his viewers? Bolsheviks, criminals, anarchists. Jimmy Kimmel on losing Republican viewers https://t.co/kxEJFEBlLZ via @dcexaminer
— snapbrim (@handcrank) October 15, 2017
Riddance to Hollywood!
— snoopandblab (@snoopandblab) October 15, 2017
Finally, @jimmykimmel admits it’s all about party. Says good riddance to Republicans if they don’t agree with his, er @SenSchumer, views.
— The Deplorable Party (@OmegaMan34) October 15, 2017
It was an odd occasion for me to watch @jimmykimmel anyway, but now that he’s wished me good riddance, c’est la vie.
— Andy Whatley (@ColsTiger) October 15, 2017
So yeah, we’ll see how it all works out for Jimmy…
Yeah Jim, “not ideal.” Translates: find another job in 9 months. https://t.co/DUjugx3v1s
— Russ Moore (@Bubbahotep40) October 15, 2017
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