Jimmy Kimmel sparked backlash after joking that hospitals should turn away unvaccinated people if they contract the coronavirus.
Kimmel made the remarks during his opening monologue on Tuesday.
"Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right on in," he said. "Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy."
Kimmel was referring to people using the anti-parasitic medication Ivermectin as prophylaxis or treatment for Covid-19.
Kimmel, who returned to the show from summer hiatus on Tuesday, was dismayed that nothing had changed in the two months that he was gone.
He said unvaccinated people should not fill beds in hospital intensive-care units if they get sick.
Twitter users were outraged. Some said by Kimmel's logic, drug addicts should not be treated if they overdose on fentanyl, or alcoholics who need liver detox.
One Twitter user wrote:
"If everyone were treated like Jimmy Kimmel wants for unvaccinated: No treatment for smokers with lung cancer, nor drinkers with cirrhosis, nor auto accident victims who weren't wearing a seat belt, nor skin cancer patients who sunbathed nor heart attack victims who ate too much."
Another user tweeted:
"@jimmykimmel back from hiding after your black face skit. Now saying unvaccinated people should die. You're sick."
@jimmykimmel back from hiding after your black face skit. Now saying unvaccinated people should die. You’re sick
— Tom Thompson (@TomThom93304603) September 9, 2021
And a third person wrote:
"@jimmykimmel remember when the unvaccinated supported you when your child was ill? I do! Mind your own business Clown face!... #CancelKimmel."
I suggest unvaccinated people don't watch Jimmy Kimmel and could care less about his opinion!
— President Elect Jim (still a DGB Maximalist) (@jim9097) September 9, 2021
I’d like to know if @jimmykimmel believes if drug users or cigarette smokers deserve access to ICU beds, or even the hospital. They are knowingly using products that are scientifically proven to cause harm to their bodies and compromise their health. #Unvaccinated #LiberalLogic https://t.co/KYHyXpSArA
— Charles Ellis (@charles_r_ellis) September 9, 2021
"Jimmy Kimmel comes back from a vacation to savage the unvaccinated."
Will these psycos ever realize that they are telling the group of people who would be harmed by these vaccines to basically, s?icide themselves? ??
— Teri8book (@teri8book) September 9, 2021
Ah so the point here was that since unvaccinated people are clogging up beds in the first place, vaccinated ppl should get prioritised. I'm not sure exactly exactly I feel about that, tho. But I get where he's coming from.
— Ian Vestal (@IanVestal) September 9, 2021
Normally unvaccinated should be given the same treatment as anyone else. However when you're dealing with overrun hospitals, it's not fair to prioritize someone who isn't vaccinated over someone who needs treatment that is vaxxed
— Rogue Mango (@roguemango2) September 9, 2021
Healthcare is a human right ?. That includes the unvaccinated
— Tony Jordan ? (@jordan_fellas) September 9, 2021
Watch Kimmel's monologue below.