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“The View” Debates Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel’s Takes On Politics And Comedy

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“The View” co-hosts on Monday debated Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel’s different approaches to politics and comedy. Both received praise and criticism. Check out the video below.

Introducing the “hot topic” about late-night hosts tackling the Trump era, Whoopi Goldberg said, “The two Jimmys, Fallon and Kimmel, have very different ways of handling it.” She then showed a clip of a Fallon explaining why he doesn’t fully embrace the “anti-Trump lane” like his peers. “It’s just not what I do. I think it would be weird for me to start doing it now. I don’t even really care that much about politics,” he said. In contrast, Kimmel said in a separate interview, “I want everyone with a television to watch the show. But if they’re so turned off by my opinion on healthcare and gun violence, then I don’t know. I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”

After showing the footage, Goldberg said, “Fallon’s ratings are down, Kimmel’s are up… The question is, does Jimmy Fallon need to get into the game? Shouldn’t there be one respite place?” Commented Sara Haines, “We all know, especially in the business, how many times people come to us and tell us, ‘Well the ratings show you should be doing this.’ They speak in numbers and things that don’t translate to authenticity, character, humanity. Jimmy’s doing him. He’s always been a self-deprecating comedian. He lifts people up. He’s almost like the Ellen of evening time. And to ask someone to do something and walk in another lane, we see it on TV all the time, and those shows don’t last. Asking someone to do something that’s not authentic to them will ultimately fail in ratings as well.”

Sunny Hostin said, “He’s being sort of brave, isn’t he? He’s saying, ‘Maybe my ratings would go up if I talked about politics, but it’s just not my thing.’ I’ve met him many times. He is so funny. He is so lovely. He is a genuinely kind, just fun guy, and to force him into another lane, I think it would be the demise of the show.” Argued Joy Behar, “But Jimmy Kimmel is being brave also but by basically saying, ‘If you don’t like it, don’t watch.'”

Meghan McCain expressed, “What’s so fascinating about Jimmy Kimmel right now for me as political commentator is he is such an effective communicator for Democrats right now… We’re listening to our entertainment hosts.” But she objected to Kimmel suggesting that he doesn’t want NRA supporters as viewers. “I’m an NRA member. I don’t have fangs. I’m not a monster,” she exclaimed, adding, “I don’t want to be not invited to watch your show at night because we have different political beliefs. And I wish there was more of a space in the middle for Americans in general.”

Behar countered that as a solo host, Kimmel can only espouse one point of view. And even still, she said, “I don’t think he’s speaking [just] for Democrats. Because the majority of people in this country believe we should have some control over guns. The majority. That’s not just Democrats. And I would say the majority of the people in this country also want comprehensive healthcare… So I don’t think he speaks for Democrats. He speaks for the majority of Americans. That’s why his ratings are up.”

“I don’t know that I see that,” McCain said. Getting back to Fallon, Goldberg offered, “I’m happy, Jimmy Fallon. I will come and watch, because I have to tell you, quite frankly, I’m sick of this crap all day long. Give me something silly somewhere… I want one place where people can go.” McCain agreed, saying, “I don’t like the impact of politics on entertainment,” whereby people tune out because someone is liberal or conservative. “Entertainment is an escape, and that’s where I think the zone gets a little dangerous,” she said.

Behar asked, “But don’t you think the situation right now with Donald Trump in the White House is a dire situation? It’s so urgent that people can’t leave it alone.” McCain’s one word response: “No.” And Goldberg said, “But you know what? God bless us all. We have to have one place for one second [where] you can talk about something with our kids other than this clown, because it’s just pissing everybody off.” Watch the full video below.

 


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