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'Not good riddance, but riddance.'

Kimmel says driving away Republican viewers ‘not ideal’ - but he’d do it again ‘in a heartbeat’


By —— Bio and Archives--October 16, 2017

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I’ll be honest.  I don’t watch any of the late-night talk shows, and I don’t know anyone who does. The last time I regularly watched a talk show it was David Letterman - and not ‘grumpy old man’ Letterman, either.  I’m talking about 1980’s, sarcastic, angry-at-his-own-network Letterman.

Late shows used to be about access to the worlds of movies, comedy, and music - at a time when there were very few daily sources for such information. These days, if you’re a fan of pop culture, online outlets have demolished the need for couch interviews. It’s an archaic format that serves no purpose in a world where the internet delivers a constant stream of insightful, highly-focused, entertainment news.  ...And that stream is running 24/7 so, by the time a late show tapes, the topics are at least a day out of date.

Knowing all of that, I’m kind of baffled as to why people are putting so much stock in the political musings of Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, or Jimmy Kimmel. They’re comedians who exist to fluff the egos of movie stars and serve up promotional material for studios or record labels.  Nothing more.

Yet, for some reason, they’re being portrayed as “the conscience of the nation.”

According to Jimmy Kimmel, who’s a regular left-wing proselytizer, he’s no one’s moral compass. “I’m nobody’s moral arbiter. You don’t have to watch the show. You don’t have to listen to what I say,”

That’s good advice, though Kimmel admits it may be costing him - and his network - viewers.  He doesn’t care. If you’re among the Republicans who’ve been tuning out, he seems pretty happy to see you go.

“I saw - I don’t know if it was a study or a poll or some combination of those two things - that three years ago I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats.  And the Republican numbers went way down like 30% or whatever.  As a talk show host that’s not ideal, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

...I don’t say I don’t mind. I want everyone with a television to watch the show, but if they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then … I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.

...Not good riddance, but riddance.”

I’m sure that’s music to the advertisers’ ears.



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