The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host spoke to The New York Times reporter Kara Swisher for the most recent episode of her Sway podcast.
Regarding Carlson, Swisher requested Kimmel if the Fox News host ought to be “canceled.”
“No, I don’t think we should cancel Tucker Carlson,” Kimmel stated. “I think that Tucker Carlson is on commercial television. And if you don’t like Tucker Carlson, you should not buy the products that are advertised on his show. And if you feel like writing a letter to those companies, you should write a letter to them. But I don’t think it’s a good idea to shut people up because I want to know where people are coming from. I want to know what they think. I want to know if they have horrible thoughts … I want to hear their confessions.”
“Now, do I believe that Tucker Carlson believes the things he says?” he added. “I do not. I think he is a phony in every respect. I think he’s an algorithm. I think his audience created him. I think he started out as a fairly down the middle, political broadcaster in a cute little bow tie with polka dots on it.”
Kimmel was equally requested about Spotify podcast host Joe Rogan, who changed Kimmel as co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show and has been criticized for having visitors who advocated anti-vax conspiracy theories.
“I don’t necessarily think that anybody should be shut up,” Kimmel stated. “I wish people would pay attention to the facts and I wish people were just consistent … I don’t know [Rogan] at all … I have met him … and I think he’s a funny guy. And I think that probably most of what he says is entertaining and fun to listen to. I know people who trust what he says, and I personally know people who have put themselves in danger because he minimized the importance of vaccines. But I also know that it’s not as black and white as sometimes the media makes it out to be.”
And lastly, with reference to former president Trump, the host stated he would really wish to have his frequent comedy goal on his ABC late-night present as a visitor.
“I would actually [like to have him on], because there are so many things I want to say to him,” he stated. “And I do know what would occur – there can be a hue of concern from my pals on the left, and in addition outrage from these on the suitable who noticed me interview him. But there are loads of issues I wish to say to him and ask him.
“I always kind of shudder at the idea that any of us, me included, liked having him as president, because it made our jobs easier,” he added. “It didn’t make our jobs easier. It made our jobs harder, and more importantly, it divided the country in a way that we’ve not ever seen in our lifetime.”