Jimmy Kimmel Insists ‘I’m Nobody’s Moral Arbiter’

Other people may be talking about Jimmy Kimmel as America’s moral conscience, but he is firmly rejecting that characterization.

Days after making that clear on GMA, Kimmel was featured on CBS Sunday Morning today ahead of his week of shows in Brooklyn.

In recent weeks, Kimmel has gotten more serious, especially with his monologues about health care and gun control.

Ben Shapiro recently slammed Kimmel and wondered how exactly he of all people became “the great moral arbiter of our time.” Kimmel insisted, “I’m not, I agree with him. I’m nobody’s moral arbiter.”

“You don’t have to watch the show,” he said. “You don’t have to listen to what I say.”

He did acknowledge seeing a stat that he lost favorability among Republicans. Kimmel knows that’s “not ideal,” but said, “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

He continued:

“I want everyone with a telvision to watch the show, but if they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then… I don’t know, I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”

Kimmel did get emotional as he talked about the stories he heard from other families after he went public with his newborn son’s heart surgery.

Watch above, via CBS.

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