Jimmy Kimmel says he misplaced followers over Donald Trump criticisms

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has made it clear he’s no fan of former President Donald Trump with years’ price of monologues and skits on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” However the comic lately stated he has confronted penalties.

On the most recent episode of Stitcher’s “Naked Lunch” podcast, Kimmel spoke to hosts David Wild and Phil Rosenthal about his views on President No. 45, and bringing these opinions to his late-night present.

“Does ABC ever say to you, ‘Hey, could you not just attack this side and lay off a little bit because we’re gonna lose those people?’” requested Rosenthal.

“Like right around the beginning of this whole like Trump thing … that was kind of hinted at,” Kimmel stated. “But I just said, ‘Listen, I get it. I mean, I don’t disagree.’”

Kimmel stated that he “lost half of my fan [base], maybe more than that,” as a result of his protection of Trump and recalled that he was “the most popular talk show host” amongst Republican viewers earlier than the previous “Apprentice” star took workplace. He stated he knew the place ABC’s considerations had been coming from, however he stood his floor.

“I just said, ‘Listen, if that’s what you want to do, I understand and I don’t begrudge you for it, but I’m not going to do that,’” he instructed the podcast hosts. “‘So, you know, if you want somebody else to host the show, then that’s fine. That’s OK with me. I’m just not going to do it like that.’”

Kimmel stated the community accepted his phrases, including, “They knew I was serious.”

Representatives for ABC didn’t instantly reply Thursday to The Instances’ request for remark.

Rosenthal lauded Kimmel, and fellow late-night personalities Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, for doing “public service” by being the “guys who make us feel like we’re not alone.”

Kimmel began taking photographs at Trump as early as 2015 when he and correspondent Guillermo mocked Trump’s overseas coverage. And when Trump appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Could 2016, Kimmel poked enjoyable at a few of his controversial feedback with a faux youngsters’s ebook and critiqued Trump’s proposed Muslim ban.

“Isn’t it un-American and wrong to discriminate against people based on their religion?” he requested Trump.

In 2017, Kimmel’s beef with the previous president acquired private. In an emotional monologue, he revealed that his new child son was born with a situation that affected his coronary heart. In gentle of his son’s analysis, Kimmel stated youngsters can be vastly affected by Trump’s proposed cuts to the Nationwide Well being Institute. He then repeated his healthcare considerations in October 2020 forward of the presidential election.

Kimmel stored up his digs all through Trump’s presidential time period and after. Simply on Tuesday, Kimmel blasted Trump for his assist of rapper Kanye “Ye” West and for Trump’s potential testimony for the Jan. 6 hearings.

“Typically when Donald Trump takes an oath, that ends in divorce,” he stated.

Kimmel instructed the “Naked Lunch” podcast that he believes Trump might be on the hook for the assault on the nation’s Capitol and that he “[wants] to be on the air when Donald Trump goes to jail.”

“I still believe it that justice triumphs in America — and I know there were a billion different examples to the contrary — but there just seemed to be too many different cases against him,” he stated. “I mean, how can you commit this many crimes and be this unethical and be this, just this terrible, and get away with it?”