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1658, 04 Nov 22

Kimmel Brags About Tanking Show to Feed His Vanity

What a tool. A lot of “little people” were negatively impacted by the collapse in ratings and revenue to appease his vanity. ABC execs should be canned for allowing their product to be destroyed.

It appears the execs once spoke to Kimmel about laying off Trump in order to not alienate Republican viewers. Kimmel said ABC execs were right in their apprehension, as he estimates he lost around half of his audience due to Trump jokes.


“There was one time, right around the beginning of this whole Trump thing… maybe not quite [eight years ago],” Kimmel said when asked if ABC ever expressed concern to him about attacking Trump. “I said listen, I get it, you’re right. I have lost half of my fanbase, maybe more. Ten years ago, among Republicans I was the most popular talk show. At least according to the research they did.”


1658, 04 November 2022


  1. jonnyv

    What “little people” did he hurt? Were camera ops fires? PAs? Writers? The article doesn’t say that anyone lost their jobs or was negatively impacted other than the ratings.

    Bad ratings probably caused ad rates to drop. Yet ABC still found enough value to keep him on for more years.

    It is possible that it hurt the ad sales people at ABC? But nothing says that. I would love to hear who you think it hurt?

  2. Mar

    Start with shareholders,many of which are “little people”.
    Then then the employees of advertisers. How many were laid off or not given raises because Kimmel lost his audience.

  3. jonnyv

    Mar. ABC is owned by Disney. That stock did nothing but increase during that time, probably due to massive Marvel movies, lol.

    Those advertisers would have just taken their dollars somewhere else, maybe to Fallon? Or paid less for their advertising. They don’t get hurt by declining ratings for a single program.

    If I can stay up late enough, I usually watch Fallon. But this headline could just as easily said, “Comedian stays moral course in spite of declining ratings.”

    Trump was ready fodder for talk shows. He constantly said or tweeted stupid things. And EVERY channel’s host took advantage of that.

  4. Mar

    “Trump was ready fodder for talk shows. He constantly said or tweeted stupid things. And EVERY channel’s host took advantage of that.”
    But somehow these same clowns don’t go after Biden or Fetterman or Harris or Pelosi
    That’s why Guttfeld kicks their collective ass every night.

  5. Merlin

    Trump jokes or not, Jimmy Kimmel just isn’t very funny. Many of his guests look like they’d rather be somewhere else and are just there in order to fulfill promotional obligations. He does get paid rather well though, so somebody somewhere finds value in his existence.

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