If Oprah Winfrey does indeed run for president, she can at least count on ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to help her get out the vote.
“I don’t have any plans to run for anything any time ever,” Kimmel told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena, California, on Monday morning. “I thought it was interesting. Obviously, you’re preaching to the choir in that situation. That said, given the choice between Oprah and our current president, I’m on the bus with Oprah traveling the country encouraging people to sign up and vote. We’d have to call her President Winfrey, you realize that? I don’t know if we’re prepared for that as a country.”
Kimmel was speaking to the press to promote his upcoming stint as Oscars host. He was asked his opinion about what should happen if the Academy and the network makes a mistake like last year’s incredible best picture flub which announced La La Land instead of Moonlight as the winner. Needless to say, Kimmel had a rather strong opinion.
“If it happens again, literally everyone at ABC should be fired,” he said. “If it happens a second time, no one is competent enough to be running a TV show or network. I don’t think it’s going to happen again, but if it did, it would tickle me deeply.”
Will he tackle sexual misconduct in Hollywood like Seth Meyers did hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday night?
“The problem is it’s two months from now so it’s almost like getting into a hot tub — you can’t really know the temperature until you get there,” he said. “Suffice it to say, I’m sure it’ll be part of the subject matter of the show unless there’s a nuclear [missile] headed toward Sacramento that night, and then we’ll probably skip it.”
Added Kimmel: “I will tell you something: It is really funny because I felt like Seth made a joke last night that was specifically for me and my wife and we were on the couch watching it. His monologue [joke about feeling like hosting the Globes was like being] the first dog into space to see if he came back alive. I have to say I felt that way, ‘I have to see how Seth does…'”
Kimmel also noted he doesn’t plan to use his Oscars platform to lobby against Republican efforts to overturn Obamacare, a subject he’s been quite passionate about on his late-night show.
The host was also asked about his frequent on-air frenemy Matt Damon. Given how Damon has been criticized recently for his comments about the sexual misconduct scandal, does it still make sense to make fun of him on his late-night show?
“Matt Damon was born a joke,” Kimmel said. “I hope that we’re focused on something else two months from now, but if there’s a chance for me to give Matt a little elbow in the ribs, I’m always open to it.”