During his late-night monologue on ABC Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel entered the ongoing controversy over City Hall dueling events taking place Thursday on both his network and NBC.
“You know, there was supposed to be a debate tomorrow night, but since Trump wouldn’t accept the virtual format they wanted to have because he tested positive for coronavirus, he withdrew altogether,” the host explained. “So, since there was no debate, Biden agreed to do a town hall on ABC that night.”
Then came the announcement that Trump would also be doing a town hall on NBC at the exact same time. “So this solves everything,”
“Thanks, NBC,” he continued. “First The apprentice and now this. Why not a new Bill Cosby special while we’re at it? ”
Noting that “there’s no good reason to hold these events at the same time,” Kimmel implied that “obviously Trump wanted it because he knows he’ll get better ratings than Joe Biden,” given that getting a town hall on NBC means he’ll likely air. also on all other NBC channels, including MSNBC and CNBC.
“Obviously more people will be watching Trump,” he said. “That doesn’t mean a thing. If my choices are to watch a documentary on the Bill of Rights or a guy who gets hit in the dice with a shovel, I’m going to shovel every single time!”
Or, like another ABC employee, Nate Silver put it on Wednesday, “Some people seem to operate with the mistaken belief that more airtime is better for Trump.”
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