After taking a week off work to look after his son Billy—aka the most famous newborn in America—Jimmy Kimmel returned to his late night show Monday and picked up right where he left off.
“One week ago tonight, I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions and as a result of my powerful words, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace, they realized that what is right is right — and I saved health insurance in the United States of America!” he said. “Oh, I didn’t? I didn’t save it? They voted against it anyway? I really need to pay more attention to the news.”
Kimmel was of course referring to last week’s opening monologue, during which he revealed that Billy needed open heart surgery shortly after birth and pleaded with politicians to make health care affordable for all families. Well, that didn’t happen and now Kimmel—who’s been one of our more apolitical talk show hosts—seem emboldened.
He also took the time out to address his critics on the right, who ripped Kimmel for politicizing his son’s illness. Kimmel took aim at both the New York Post and the Washington Times for characterizing him as an “out-of-touch Hollywood elitist creep“ and telling ”obscene lies“ about healthcare.
"I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care,” he said. “That was insensitive — it was offensive and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
Kimmel also called out Newt Gingrich, who recently said that late night TV is no longer funny because it’s become preoccupied with its hate for Donald Trump. “Gee, I wonder why we’re so angry. It might have something to do with, I don’t know, you?“ Kimmel said.
Gingrich does have a point. late night TV has become an important voice of the resistance and guess what: it’s never been more watchable. Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee, and Trevor Noah have all seen their ratings surge since Trump took power. Kimmel’s plea last week might go down as the defining moment of his late night career. Kimmel also welcomed Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy on Monday and promised to hold him accountable on his promise to fight for a bipartisan health plan tht would benefit all Americans.
It’s a pivotal moment for late night TV and hosts have been forced to adjust accordingly. Last night Jimmy Kimmel officially picked his side.
Watch his monologue below.