Jimmy Kimmel has had a change of heart after constantly attacking President Trump in nightly monologues on his talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. In a surprising revelation to Deadline, Kimmel said he plans to go easy on the president in his upcoming standup routine.
When asked whether he had prepared a “barrelful of barbs” for Trump in his upcoming standup comedy routine for ABC’s upfronts, Kimmel said, “So, I don’t know, I don’t know how much focus there will be on that. I think people have had an ass-full of Donald Trump, and I feel like the upfront is a time to look within and make fun of ourselves.”
Kimmel is among a group of anti-Trump Hollywood liberals, mostly Democrats, who routinely attack Trump online and in the media.
Since Trump was elected president in 2016, Kimmel has spent much of his comedic airtime attacking Trump as “mentally ill” and mocking his wife Melania Trump’s Slovenian accent.
But after numerous victories by Trump — both domestic and internationally — public sentiment has shifted as Trump’s approval ratings continue to rise.
Kimmel now acknowledges that his constant attacks on the president have cost him viewers.
“According to polls I’ve seen, it has cost me commercially,” Kimmel told Oprah Winfrey during an interview for her O Magazine in February. “That’s not ideal, but I wouldn’t change anything I said.”