Jimmy Kimmel says sharing his personal life and opinions on TV ‘cost him commercially’

Jimmy Kimmel says sharing his personal life and opinions on TV ‘cost him commercially’
Jimmy Kimmel weeping (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – A cautionary tale for other liberal entertainers who use their public exposure to promote their political views.]

Jimmy Kimmel’s deeply emotional monologue came with a price.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live last May, the late-night host revealed that his son, Billy, who was less than a month old at the time, had to undergo open-heart surgery. While tearfully talking about what his family was facing, Kimmel became very vocal about what he thought of America’s current healthcare system.

In the April issue of O magazine, which is currently on newsstands, Oprah Winfrey asks Kimmel if it was “scary” to share so much of his personal life and points of view with his viewers.

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“I don’t know if it was scary, but it was uncomfortable, and it’s not something I looked forward to,” he admits. “I definitely felt a sense of relief when it was over.”

Kimmel notes that his candidness did have a downfall. “According to polls I’ve seen, it has cost me commercially. That’s not ideal, but I wouldn’t change anything I said.”

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