Jimmy Kimmel put comedy on hold when his on-air story about his son’s fight for life became a call to action on healthcare; and following the Las Vegas massacre, his monologue turned into an emotional call for sanity and gun control.
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has more in common with Stephen Colbert than a time slot. Both have seen a ratings boost since their monologues have included calling out Donald Trump and the Republican Party for their destructive agenda.
In a CBS Sunday Morning interview, Kimmel wasn’t fazed by the fact that fewer Republicans were tuning in to his show.
“I saw — I don’t know if it was a study or a poll or some combination of those two things — that, like, three years ago, I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats, 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.”
The turning point for Kimmel and his former Republican viewers came in May, when he waded into the national healthcare debate, according to a YouGov poll. Citing a personal ordeal with his own newborn son’s congenital heart defect and the costly medical treatments needed to save his life, Kimmel told his audience, “No parent should have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life.”
Kimmel’s remarks may have cause Republican viewers to desert him, but it didn’t hurt his overall ratings. In fact, the more he called out Trump’s un-presidential behavior and added his voice to the gun control debate, the higher his ratings climb.
According to the Washington Post,
While talking politics can seem risky, evidence suggests that Kimmel, like Colbert, actually is not sacrificing ratings by speaking out on issues that are important to him.
There’s a lesson in this for all Americans. The First Amendment right to speak our mind is the most powerful force in America.