Jimmy Kimmel supports a possible Oprah 2020 presidential run

Carla Harmon
January 9, 2018

"I don't think it is". Needless to say, Kimmel had a rather strong opinion.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, Kimmel said he had no plans to run for office himself and then addressed his pal incredible Oprah's speech.

Kimmel also discussed rumors that renowned talk show host and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey is mulling a run for the presidency, telling the Post he's with her-unequivocally.

Jimmy Kimmel supports a possible Oprah 2020 presidential run

But he quipped if anyone wants Oprah to president, we'll need to stop calling her Oprah. "I don't know if we are prepared for that as a country", he said.

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.

"If you ask me the night before I'm sure I'll have a much better answer for you", said the 50-year-old New Yorker.

One subject sure to come up at the Oscars is last year's epic envelope mix-up in which Warren Beatty mistakenly proclaimed that "La La Land" was the best picture victor instead of "Moonlight".

"If it happens again, literally everyone at ABC should be fired", he said.

"I don't think it will happen again".

Kimmel was asked if he would follow the lead of Seth Meyers, who hosted Sunday's Golden Globes, in putting Hollywood's various sexual harassment scandals front and center in his opening monologue. "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".

Meyers on Sunday said he felt like the first dog being sent into outer space, as the first awards show host since the flood of reports about sexual misconduct began with stories about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's behavior. "I was like "I have to see what Seth says and how it's received"... and I thank him for being that litmus test".

Kimmel has of course undergone his own political evolution, speaking out on his late-night show about his son's medical difficulties - segments that were credited with helping to stave off Republican legislative efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Kimmel said he would not be using this year's Oscars podium as a soapbox to talk about health care, however. "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".

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