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WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel hits back at conservatives who called him a liar and an "elitist creep"

On his first night back since telling the heartfelt story of his newborn son, Kimmel went straight after GOP


Taylor Link
May 9, 2017 3:50PM (UTC)

Jimmy Kimmel could not have predicted the firestorm he caused last week when he told the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" audience that his newborn son had heart surgery.

One of the most genuine, honest moments in late-night comedy history, some Republicans and conservatives thought it was a manufactured attempt to promote universal health care and decided to condemn the late-night host as an out-of-touch liberal.

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Right-wing media, never afraid to start a controversy, eviscerated Kimmel for using his monologue to emphasize the importance of quality health care access for kids.

"This is from the New York Post," Kimmel said Monday, before showing the headline: "Jimmy Kimmel's obscene lies about kids and medical care."

"This is from something called the Washington Times. I'm not sure it's a real newspaper," he joked, before showing the headline: "Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep."

"I can't even count the number of times I've been called an 'out-of-touch, Hollywood-elitist creep' this week," Kimmel said, clearly exasperated. "Which, I have to say, I kind of appreciate because when I was a kid we had to drink powdered milk because we couldn't afford the liquid variety. Our orange juice came frozen out of a can, it would squeeze out. So after that, my dream was to become an out-of-touch, Hollywood elitist. And I guess it came true."

"Anyway, I'd like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care," he added. "That was insensitive. It was offensive. And I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

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Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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