Jimmy Kimmel says he was going to stop his present if ABC requested him to cease making Trump jokes


Jimmy Kimmel claims he was able to stroll out on his longtime late-night internet hosting gig if his bosses at ABC requested him to cease making jokes about then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

The comic, who has been internet hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on the community since 2003, stated on the latest episode of Sticher’s “Naked Lunch” podcast that he was keen to stop his job if the constraint was positioned on him.

Kimmel stated concern was “hinted at” by executives “right around the beginning of this whole Trump thing,” when he says the community’s analysis discovered he’d misplaced half of his fanbase – “maybe more” – as he started making extra jokes in regards to the former actuality star.

“Ten years ago, among Republicans, I was the most popular talk show host. At least according to the research they did,” Kimmel stated.

However no matter that slip in recognition amongst sure circles, Kimmel stated on the time that he was merely not keen to chorus from making jokes about Trump.

“I said, ‘If that’s what you want to do, I understand, I don’t begrudge you for it, but I’m not going to do that. If you want someone else to host the show, that’s fine with me. I’m just not going to do it like that,’” Kimmel remembered saying.

CNN has reached out to ABC for remark.

Kimmel has beforehand credited individuals like David Letterman and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart for being leaders in tips on how to tackle tougher topics, together with hot-button political points.

“You watch the news all day, you see what’s going on, how do you walk on stage and ignore it? It just doesn’t work anymore,” Kimmel stated in 2019. “I wish I could. It’s hard for me to talk about serious subjects. It takes a lot out of me. I do want to be funny. That’s fun.”

Kimmel renewed his take care of ABC earlier this 12 months that can hold him in his internet hosting chair for 3 extra years. His contract had been set to run out in 2023.