In the space of six weeks, this seemingly apolitical 49-year-old comedian, who, since his show debuted in 2003, has done exceptionally well by coming across as latenight’s unexceptional guy, had transformed himself into a riveting teller of truths — with the ratings bump to match. “I never wanted to come on too strong politically,” Kimmel says. “I never wanted to preach to the choir.” Yet here he is, talking about not just his politicization and whether the Trump era has changed latenight TV forever but other, crucial things.
Jimmy Kimmel — mouthy, mean, and quick to cry — is the perfect foil for Donald Trump. But how long can he play the hero?
Hosts of the latenight talk shows broke their silence on the allegations of sexual harassment against the Hollywood producer.
Latenight hosts dedicated a portion of their Monday night shows to speak out about gun violence in the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Jimmy Kimmel choked up in an emotional response to the deadly attack, while Seth Meyers had a pointed message for Congress.
Unlike Carson and Leno, Steve Colbert and and Jimmy Kimmel, the reigning latenight hosts at CBS and ABC, respectively, are not hesitating to take on the sitting president and his policies. And in the case of Colbert, his fans have now have an expectation that he will lead the anti-Trump resistance.
Jimmy Kimmel’s family may be well insured, but a young son with a congenital heart disease has spurred him to take a stand for those with preexisting conditions to get affordable health care access. His advocacy, which has taken form in blistering (and humor-free) monologues that most recently targeted the Cassidy-Graham health care bill, have made him a key figure in the raging national argument.