Jimmy Kimmel returned from paternity leave to his late-night show Monday, welcoming Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, who joined Kimmel for a discussion on health care. Before Cassidy called in to talk, Kimmel joked about last week's monologue.
Kimmel said, ”One week ago tonight, I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions, and as a result of my powerful words, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace, they realized that what is right is right – and I saved health insurance in the United States of America!"
"Oh, I didn’t? I didn't save it? They voted against it anyway? I really need to pay more attention to the news."
He also mentioned the online backlash he received for his stance on accessible health care, "including from members of the media."
Kimmel explained that the New York Post and Washington Times have both called him out as an “out-of-touch Hollywood elitist creep" since his plea for accessible health care.
"I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care," he sarcastically told his audience. "That was insensitive – it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."
"So now the health care bill moves from the House to the Senate," he continued, "where hopefully, some kind of common sense will prevail."
After New Gingrich commented on Fox News that late night "can't be funny anymore" because they're so angry at President Trump, Kimmel responded to that as well.
"Gee, I wonder why we're so angry. It might have something to do with, I don't know, you?"
He also assured viewers that his son Billy is doing well, and thanked everyone for their support.
Last week, Kimmel opened up during an emotional monologue about his newborn son, Billy, who had to undergo open-heart surgery at just 3 days old. After telling his son's story on-air, encouraging people to donate to Children's Hospital, he urged people and politicians to take stories like Billy's into consideration when thinking about health care.
Source: Hollywood Reporter