Jimmy Kimmel Returns to TV, Blasts the Press
Jimmy Kimmel made his return to his show last night, a week after making an emotional plea to lawmakers to maintain current coverage for health care for most Americans. The health care bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and championed by President Donald Trump could cost as many as 24 million Americans their access to health care services. He also updated the country on how his son is doing and blasted the media for misrepresenting his comments.
Kimmel Called Out the Press Coverage of His Speech
Kimmel said, “I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been called an ‘out of touch Hollywood elitist, creep’ this week. Which – I have to say – I kind of appreciate because, when I was a kid, we had to drink powdered milk because we couldn’t afford the liquid variety. Our orange juice came frozen out of a can, it would squeeze out.” This was a reference to a New York Post piece whose headlines read, “Jimmy Kimmel’s obscene lies about kids and medical care.” Another article in the Washington Times was called, ““Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep.”
The comedian added, “Anyway, I’d like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. That was insensitive – it was offensive – and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
As for the condition of his son, Kimmel said that he is “doing very well.” He added that Billy is now growing, eating more and sleeping well. A number of people made donations to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He thanked them for doing that.
In the original monologue, Kimmel did choke up a bit when he brought up his son. Billy suffered from complications following his birth and needed open heart surgery. For the comedian, getting care for his child is not an issue. He makes more than enough money and has great health insurance. That cannot be said for millions of people around the nation.
One point Kimmel made in his original plea was, “If your baby is going to die it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”