Jimmy Kimmel Wishes "Riddance" to Republican Viewers


"You don't have to watch the show". "I have trouble keeping them in".

During an appearance on CBS' "Sunday Morning," the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host responded to a question about his late-night cry-fest on healthcare and gun violence with a hearty "I'd do it again in a heartbeat", regardless of the fact that Republican-leaning audience members are leaving his show in droves. Kimmel reiterates that the option of the "off" switch is eternal, as are other channels, so "nobody has to listen" to his personal appeals.

For Kimmel, Being back in Brooklyn is a family affair.

This May, Kimmel spoke candidly about his son, Billy, who was born with a heart defect and had to have an emergency life-saving surgery. "Not good riddance, but riddance". The next month, Kimmel used the Las Vegas massacre as an excuse to lobby for gun control.

The late night comedy host's GOP fans have declined since he began injecting politics into his show, especially since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency.

And then Republican numbers went way down, like 30% or whatever.

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"Maybe this is insane, but I feel like I could turn him around on a couple of things", Kimmel said in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Amy Robach for "Good Morning America". "Not good riddance, but riddance".

"I had a late night with David Letterman birthday cake".

The original spin with ABC giving him the late prime time spot was a disaster, and Jimmy was "waiting for the show to be canceled" before celebrity friends and fun gags started to catch on with an audience, and the move to late-night [VIDEO] for "Live" was a flawless match.

From a kid watching, and now hosting...the experience for Kimmel is surreal.

Jimmy Kimmel is confident that there is no "next" after his current show, very aware of the stakes in speaking out, and that "This is it".