Late-night talk show host “Crying” Jimmy Kimmel went after Fox News host Tucker Carlson with a vengeance during a recent appearance on the New York Times podcast, Sway.
Kimmel was asked by host Kara Swisher if Carlson should be canceled and he answered with a cowardly “no,” before proceeding to explain how to cancel him.
“No, I don’t think we should cancel Tucker Carlson,” Kimmel said. “I think that Tucker Carlson is on commercial television. And if you don’t like Tucker Carlson, you should not buy the products that are advertised on his show. And if you feel like writing a letter to those companies, you should write a letter to them. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to shut people up because I want to know where people are coming from. I want to know what they think. I want to know if they have horrible thoughts. I want to hear them. I want to hear their confessions.”
Clever by half, Kimmel, a comedian by trade, appoints himself arbiter to decide the validity of others’ thoughts before blasting Fox News viewers.
“Now, do I believe that Tucker Carlson believes the things he says? I do not. I think he is a phony in every respect,” he said. “I think he’s an algorithm. I think his audience created him. I think he started out as a fairly down-the-middle political broadcaster in a cute little bow tie with polka dots on it. And then Jon Stewart handed him his ass, and he had some kind of Lex Luthor moment where he, little by little, figured out what worked for him ratings-wise, which is primarily speaking to senior citizens like they’re kindergarteners and scaring them with garbage.”
Jimmy Kimmel on Tucker Carlson: "I think he's like the media version of the Sackler family. He's knowingly producing this deadly opioid of lies that has a devastating effect on the country. But he's OK with it, because it's making him rich." https://t.co/NSiuYwJj9P pic.twitter.com/FAkupBdePO
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) April 21, 2022
The reference to Stewart goes all the way back to 2004 when Carlson’s television career was in its infancy.
Kimmel then compared the popular Fox News host to the Sackler family, founders of Purdue Pharma which produced Oxycontin, a dominant drug during the opioid boom in America.
“And we all know that — I mean, the news back to the 60s, scaring people is a good way to get them to tune in,” the self-righteous late-night comedian said. “And they trust him in the same way they either still do or used to trust television evangelists. But the difference is that the evangelists take the money directly from their victims. They don’t create a terrifying fantasy world that hurts the whole country and the world as well. I think he’s like the media version of the Sackler family. He’s knowingly producing this deadly opioid of lies that has a devastating effect on the country. But he’s OK with it, because it’s making him rich.”
Another topic Swisher took interest in was testicle tanning — Carlson did a recent segment on the “total collapse of testosterone levels in American men,” and among the options discussed to increase testosterone levels was “testicle tanning.”
In responding, Kimmel displayed a strange interest in former President Donald Trump’s testicles.
“I’m still trying to figure out whether he’s for or against testicle tanning. I don’t know. I’m not planning to watch his show,” he said of Carlson, adding, “I feel like Trump is definitely pro-testicle tanning. Clearly, this is right up his alley.”
His fixation on the matter played out on Twitter on Wednesday, with Kimmel tweeting: “They found the tanned ballsac Tucker Carlson was talking about.”
They found the tanned ballsac Tucker Carlson was talking about. pic.twitter.com/P7tmdO35rk
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 20, 2022
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