Late-night comedian and aspiring political pundit Jimmy Kimmel quietly deflected criticism that he intentionally avoided Harvey Weinstein’s sex scandal during his show last week, saying “gun nuts” were out to discredit the Hollywood liberal.
Kimmel was speaking with ABC’s Good Morning America when he softly defended high-powered studio executive Harvey Weinstein, saying the Hollywood hot-shot’s decades long history of sexual assaults was not “equivalent to what happened in Las Vegas.”
“First of all, the Harvey Weinstein thing, people like this false equivalence as if that somehow is equivalent to what happened in Las Vegas,” said Kimmel.
“Harvey Weinstein is not a friend of mine, I’m not in the movie business,” he deflected. “And I’ll add that the story came out moments before we went to tape on Thursday, and we didn’t have a show on Friday.”
“What they’re doing now, is they’re trying to drag up –especially these gun nuts- trying to drag any comedy bit out of context and use it as some kind of proof that I’m calling myself the moral conscience of America,” said the late-night comedian.
Jimmy Kimmel made national headlines this month when he publicly lashed out at President Trump, Republicans, GOP voters, and second Amendment advocates following the devastating shooting in Las Vegas. Weeks earlier, the liberal found himself at the center of the nation’s healthcare debate; repeatedly slamming the Graham-Cassidy bill on national television.
Watch Kimmel’s vicious comments above.