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The late night television host Jimmy Kimmel has shown that his Trump derangement syndrome is still going as strong as ever by revealing that he once told ABC executives that he would quit if they stopped him from making jokes about Donald Trump.

Kimmel Threatens To Quit If He Can’t Bash Trump

While appearing on the “Naked Lunch” podcast, Kimmel admitted that he lost half his audience because of the jokes he made that were against Republicans like Trump.

“There was one time, right around the beginning of this whole Trump thing… maybe not quite [eight years ago],” Kimmel said when asked if ABC ever had an issue with his anti-Trump jokes. “I said listen, I get it, you’re right. I have lost half of my fanbase, maybe more. Ten years ago, among Republicans I was the most popular talk show. At least according to the research they did.”

“I get it if [blocking Trump jokes is] what they want to do,” he added. “I said, ‘If that’s what you want to do I don’t begrudge you for it, but I’m not going to do that. If you want someone else to host the show, that’s fine with me. I’m just not going to do it like that.’”

ABC executives ultimately decided to allow Kimmel to continue bashing Trump on a daily basis. 

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Kimmel Wants To Be On TV When ‘Trump Goes To Jail’

“I was serious,” he said. “I couldn’t live with myself [if I didn’t grill Trump].”

“I want to be on the air when Donald Trump goes to jail,” he continued. “I still believe, even after living through the O.J. [Simpson] trial, that justice triumphs in America and I know there are a billion different examples to the contrary. [But] how can you commit this many crimes and be this unethical and be this terrible and get away with it?”

This was a reference to the fact that Kimmel has signed on for three more seasons of his late night talk show.

When Kimmel was told by podcast host Phil Rosenthal that he was doing a “public service” by attacking Trump, he replied by saying, “I love this country too.”

“That flag doesn’t belong to them,” he added, according to The New York Post. “And when I see somebody coming in and ruining it, I’m gonna say something about it. That’s it. It’s as simple as that.”

Check out his full comments on this in the video below.

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Kimmel’s Ratings Plummet

Fox News reported that in this same interview, Kimmel acknowledged that his ratings have plummeted in recent years.

“No one is watching network television anymore,” he claimed. 

Social media users, however, pointed out to Kimmel that his politics may have something to do with his ratings decline.

“I stopped watching Jimmy and Stephen Colbert because they were too far left for me,” one social media user commented. “There is never a reason any primetime television should be used as a political weapon. That is what late night television has become and its crystal clear. I turned off the TV and rarely watch it.”

“Jimmy Kimmel and the rest of the ‘comedians’ lost more than half of their fan base because, with Trump in office, they were no longer funny,” another added. “Their type of humor became mean-spirited. They do not realize, apparently, that they are supposed to be entertainers who make us laugh, not politicians we learn to despise…because they are NOT funny and are no longer entertaining.”

With this new interview, Kimmel has shown that he’s just another liberal elitist who has lost all touch with reality. He can continue bashing Trump all he wants to, but it’s not going to make any more people watch his show! 

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