Late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel has become increasingly political on his show, first addressing attempts to repeal Obamacare (which he opposed), and now calling for more gun control following the massacre in Las Vegas.
When a late-night host like Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Fallon gets political, they already know where their audience stands – with them. Colbert’s audience, for example, is 47 percent Democrat to only 17 percent Republican. Hosts like Colbert aren’t going to alienate many of their viewers by taking left-wing stances.
Kimmel, on the other hand, has an audience with more diverse political views. Thirty-four percent of his audience are Democrats, compared to 33% Republicans. And because of that, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to predict that all his his partisan moralizing would cause his audience to shrink — substantially.
Louder With Crowder reported last week that, “Their flight may have already begun. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ had 2.04 million viewers last week during the heart of his health care fight — a 5 percent drop from his average.”
And now Kimmel has confirmed that his ratings are dropping — and he’s trying to pretend he doesn’t mind.
“So you don’t mind if Republicans turn off your show?” CBS reporter Tracy Smith asked him.
“I don’t say I don’t mind,” Kimmel said. “I want everyone with a television to watch the show, but if they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then … I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”
“Good riddance?” Smith asked.
“Well, not good riddance, but riddance,” Kimmel said, laughing.
Here’s a report from Daily Wire:
Kimmel says he’s not worried about losing conservative viewers after his emotional, political monologues on health care and gun control.
“Three years ago, I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats,” Kimmel told CBS Sunday Morning. “And then Republican numbers went way down, like 30%, or whatever. And you know, as a talk show host, that’s not ideal but I would do it again in a heartbeat.”
Since last year, Kimmel has felt free to discuss his political views as part of his show’s opening monologues, delivering emotional pleas to Republican legislators seeking to replace the Affordable Care Act with a more workable health care law, and calling for stricter gun control laws in order to prevent mass shootings.
But Kimmel’s impassioned diatribes aren’t always well-constructed. In fact, much of his research comes directly from Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office, and Kimmel’s monologues are filled with inaccuracies and misconceptions (and in the case of health care, they’re rife with an obvious disconnect between Kimmel’s privileged world and the law’s effect on middle- and working-class Americans).
Kimmel, of course, claims he’s never assumed the title of “moral arbiter,” and that he’s simply a comedian with a platform doing his job.
“I’m not … I’m nobody’s moral arbiter,” Kimmel said. “You don’t have to watch the show. You don’t have to listen to what I say.”
In regards to Kimmel’s last statement, CNN would apparently beg to differ:
But as the ratings demonstrate, America also begs to differ with CNN.