Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel came to his own defense in a new interview claiming that he would proudly give the same politically-charged monologues regarding healthcare and gun violence “in a heartbeat,” despite taking a hit on ratings from his Republican viewers.
“Three years ago, I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats,” Kimmel said while speaking to CBS’ “Sunday Morning” about “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” which has been on air since 2003. “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.”
From other side Kimmel was praised for his voice in the healthcare debate in September. And received a similar reaction with his monologue imploring Congress to act on gun control in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre earlier in October.
Conservative critics slammed Kimmel for parading around as a “moral arbiter.”
“I’m not. I mean, I agree with him. I’m nobody’s moral arbiter,” Kimmel told CBS. “You don’t have to watch the show. You don’t have to listen to what I say.”
A defiant Kimmel added that he doesn’t say “I don’t mind” because he preferred “everyone with a television to watch the show.”