Late-night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel is famous for her regular attacks on Republicans. However, the television star’s political activism seems to have come at a cost.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kimmel now complains that opposing former President Donald Trump cost him “half of my fans.”
Kimmel considers his job to be “a public service”
“Ten years ago, among Republicans, I was the most popular talk show host, at least according to the research that they did,” Kimmel was quoted as saying during an interview on Wednesday with the podcast “Naked Lunch.”
“I have lost half of my fans — maybe more than that,” Kimmel added before stressing that he considers promoting left-wing messages to be “a public service.”
When asked if he had ever been asked by ABC to tone his rhetoric, Kimmel says he made it clear that he would not water down his talking points.
“There was at one time, maybe, I don’t know, right around the beginning of this whole Trump thing where … that was kind of hinted at, but I just said, ‘Listen, I get it. I don’t disagree. I mean, you’re right,'” he recalled.
“I just said, if that’s what you want to do, I understand and I don’t begrudge you for it, but I’m not going to do that. So if you want somebody else to host the show, then that’s fine. That’s OK with me. I’m just not going to do it like that,” Kimmel said.
Fox News host trouncing other late-night comedians
Meanwhile, Forbes contributor Mark Joyella reported last month that Fox News host Greg Gutfeld scored better ratings than every other late-night television host.
Nearly 2.5 million people tuned in on October 25 to watch “Gutfeld!” with 396,000 viewers being between the ages of 25 and 54, a key demographic that is highly coveted by advertisers.
The show’s closest competitor was CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which attracted 2.1 million total viewers. Roughly 370,000 were between 25 and 54 years old.
For his part, Jimmy Kimmel’s viewership on ABC was anemic by comparison, with only 1.285 million people tuning in.
NBC’s “The Tonight Show“‘ didn’t do much better, as host Jimmy Fallon managed to draw in just 1.289 million sets of eyes.