Jimmy Kimmel Takes Hard Swipe At Donald Trump For Oscars Monologue Insult

Jimmy Kimmel Takes Hard Swipe At Donald Trump For Oscars Monologue Insult

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By Afouda Bamidele on March 11, 2024 at 7:30 AM EDT

Jimmy Kimmel does not seem to care for Donald Trump's insults! 

Shortly after Trump expressed his displeasure at the Academy Awards committee's choice of Kimmel as host for this year's ceremony, the television host gave his rebuttal on stage.

According to Kimmel, the former president should be more concerned about his many legal problems than his hosting abilities.

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Jimmy Kimmel Seemingly Reminded Donald Trump Of His Priorities

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Even though the Oscars was a night of glitz, glamour, and wins for attendees, nominees, and millions of at-home viewers, Kimmel ensured there was time for a Trump-targeted jab. 

During the second half of the telecast, the comedian informed the crowd that he had been given an "extra minute," and he planned to use it to share something he was "really proud of."

The "something," as it turned out, was Trump's shady Truth Social post, which he read to the audience from his phone. 

"Has there EVER been a WORSE HOST than Jimmy Kimmel at The Oscars? His opening was like someone who's not very good trying too hard to be something they're not, and never can be," the post began.

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Talking to the Oscars leadership, Trump wrote, "Get rid of Kimmel and perhaps replace him with another washed up, but cheap, ABC 'talent,' George Slopanopoulos." Per Trump, Slopanopoulos "would make everybody on stage look bigger, stronger, and more glamorous."

The 56-year-old said, "blah blah blah," and then read Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." Once he had finished reading the post, he quipped:

"See if you can guess which former president just posted that on Truth Social? Anyone? Well, thank you, President Trump. Thank you for watching. I'm surprised. Isn't it past your jail time? He's focused on the important stuff, for sure."

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Oscars Viewers Are Sick Of Kimmel's Jokes

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Despite the joke making the audience laugh, it appeared that Trump was not the only person who was displeased with Kimmel hosting the Oscars. As The Blast reported, many viewers took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to drag the four-time Oscars host after his opening speech.

In case you missed it, the producer’s opener centered around Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance in “Madame Web.” Kimmel claimed that if the film was to be reshot today, he believed his counterpart — the dog that was on-stage with him during the monologue — would outdo the legendary actor.

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"Jimmy Kimmel, please get off the stage," one person penned in response to Kimmel’s lines, while another posted, “Jimmy Kimmel comedy is like waiting in line at a government agency.” Even “Your Next Five Moves” author Patrick Bet-David wrote:

"A qualified dirtbag joke that wasn't even funny. Jimmy Kimmel does this on the night Downey wins his first Academy? It’s people like @jimmykimmel that turn people off from watching this garbage. It's as if Kimmel is envious of how much RDJ is loved."

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Kimmel's Long-Running Show Is Likely Nearing Its End

Aside from finding new jokes, Kimmel might also need to find a new job.

During an interview last month, the Primetime Emmy Awards host hinted at the possibility of not returning to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" after its current season. "[I]think this is my final contract," he disclosed before adding:

"I hate to even say it because everyone's laughing at me now — each time I think that, and then it turns out to be not the case. I still have a little more than two years left on my contract, and that seems pretty good. That seems like enough."

Shockingly, the plan to leave the decades-long late-night show came while preparing for his Oscars gig. In his words:

"In those moments, I think, 'I cannot wait until my contract is over.' But then, I take the summer off or I go on strike, and you start going, 'Yeah, I miss the fun stuff.'"

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How 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Became A Hit

Kimmel became a late-night host in the early 2000s after ABC saw his success in other television shows. However, his show experienced the opposite when it aired in 2003 and did not get great reviews. 

Things eventually started picking up as the years went by, as he hosted thousands of episodes, began attracting A-list celebrities, and beat other late-night shows in ratings. 

Due to his success, ABC kept extending his contract, and by 2012, the network had moved his show to an earlier time slot to compete with another popular show on NBC. 

One of the show's highlights occurred in 2013 when Kimmel took a swipe at Kanye West, and the latter got mad and tweeted about it. After the episode, Kimmel talked to the "Jesus Walks" rapper on the phone, and he told Kimmel he had to apologize. 

After West honored Kimmel's invitation to join him live, the duo later hashed out their differences on the show. 

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