Getting political in his comedy comes at a price. in the last few years Jimmy Kimmel He was one of many late-night TV hosts who often criticized the former president. donald trumpSure, he must have expected to lose the support of many Trump voters, but perhaps not so much as to lose half of his fan base.
in a new interview with naked lunch In a podcast (per THR), Kimmel touched on his constant criticism of Trump Jimmy Kimmel Live!He was asked if he had ever been told by ABC to tone down criticism of Trump.
“Maybe I don’t know, but around the time this whole Trump thing started…it was kind of alluded to, but I just said, ‘Listen, I get it.’ I disagree. So you are right. I just said, if that’s what you want to do, I understand and I don’t blame you for it, but I’m not going to do it. If you want to be the host, that’s fine. That’s fine with me. I’m not going to do it that way. … They knew I was serious. I couldn’t live with myself.
Jimmy Kimmel lost a lot of fans
Kimmel admitted that going after Trump would cost her fans, and looking back now, Jimmy Kimmel Live! The host suggests that quite some time has passed. He notes that he was once a popular figure with Republicans, and believes he’s lost at least half of his fan base.
“I lost half my fans, maybe more. Ten years ago, at least according to Republican polls, I was the most popular talk show host among Republicans.”
Kimmel agrees that staying in the “middle” politically could be more popular, but being there with other late-night TV hosts like Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, and their are proud to continue to shine a spotlight on issues they feel are important to them. He doesn’t see it as doing “public duty,” but he sees it as an act of patriotism and feels he’s standing up for his country, something Trump and other politicians may be doing. He shouts out what he believes to be right by condemning what he can’t do.
“No big deal, but I think I love this country too. That flag doesn’t belong to them. It belongs to us, and someone is coming in and ruining it.” I’ll say something about it when I see it.
With speculation that Trump may run for president again in 2024, we probably won’t hear Kimmel and his contemporaries retracting their comments about the 45th president anytime soon.