On Friday, Jimmy Kimmel defended his decision not to go after Harvey Weinstein immediately after the scandal broke in an interview with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach, and blamed “gun nuts” for spreading a years-old video of him telling women to grab his crotch, saying it was taken “out of context.”
Robach interviewed Kimmel after people began calling him out for his alleged hypocrisy for not covering the Weinstein sex scandal on his ABC late night comedy show after having politicized the Las Vegas shooting, and having used his show to speak about the health care debate in recent weeks.
“First of all, the Harvey Weinstein thing, people like this false equivalence of that’s somehow equivalent to what happened in Las Vegas,” Kimmel noted. “And I’ll add that that story came out like I think moments before we went to tape on Thursday and we didn’t have a show on Friday.”
“They’re saying that I’m calling myself the moral conscience of America, which I most certainly never did and most certainly never would,” he added.
After attacking Donald Trump Jr., Kimmel proceeded to blame Second Amendment supporters for spreading a video of him from a comedy bit a number of years ago in which he asked women to grab his crotch:
What they’re doing now is they’re trying to drag up – especially these gun nuts – trying to take any comedy bit I did out of context and use it as some kind of proof.
Kimmel then shot down the idea of being “America’s moral conscience,” a tag line given to him in a CNN article last week.
Here’s the crotch-grabbing video:
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