LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles®) – Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel choked up during last night’s broadcast in which he talked about the killing in Zimbabwe of Cecil, the lion, by an American dentist. He said that when he first heard the news, he had hoped that the killer was not American.
A video of the show’s Cecil segment immediately went viral and advocates for the prevention of cruelty to lions used it to express their outrage over the incident which has gained international attention.
However, Kimmel’s publicist clarified that the television host choked up not because of Cecil, but because of the hundreds, if not thousands of human beings killed each day in America — especially unarmed black men –and in other countries where extra judicial killings are not uncommon.
“Kimmel is very much a man who is not easily affected emotionally by stories of animals being hunted and killed by poachers,” his publicist said. “It’ll take hundreds of lions killed at any one time before Kimmel would shed a tear,” he added.
The publicist appealed to netizens to stop re-posting the video because “it is hurting Kimmel’s reputation as a tough and unbiased journalist.”