Jimmy Kimmel got emotional during a three-minute monologue about the death of Cecil the lion, the African big cat that was killed by U.S. hunter Walter Palmer on July 1 in Zimbabwe.
Cecil’s killing sparked a wave of outrage: As reported by CNN, Cecil, 13, was lured out of his home in Hwange National Park, and shot by Palmer with a bow and arrow. Cecil survived for 40 more hours before the hunters tracked him down and killed him with a gun. The lion was later skinned and decapitated.
During his monologue on Tuesday, Kimmel criticized Palmer, who has since gone into hiding and released this statement to the media: “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. […] I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
“Stop saying you took the animal. You take aspirin. You killed the lion. You didn’t take it,” Kimmel said. He then wondered why Palmer would shoot a lion at all.
“I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that,” Kimmel said. “How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you?” After the audience’s laughter died down, Kimmel made a reference to Bill Cosby: “If that’s the case, they have a pill for that. It works great. Just stay home and swallow it, and you save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised Jell-O pudding on television.”
After showing photos of Palmer with other kills from his hunts, Kimmel urged viewers to donate to the Wildlife Conservation Unite at Oxford, which had studied Cecil before his death. “If you want to make this into a positive,” Kimmel said before choking up. “Sorry. I’m okay. I’m good. Make a donation to support them. At the very least, maybe we can show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole.”
Watch the full segment below.