Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by Jon Hein is God, Feb 20, 2012.
My God, her head is twice the size of Jimmy's!
Damn, that's a giant squash...
Didn't Jimmy dress up like Oprah on the Man Show and walk on a Mexican Maid's back?
Jimmy Kimmel titled the first episode of The Man Show "Oprah-ization."
I never understood why most people don't recognize Kimmel's desperate pop-culture pandering for what it is. It's not "satire" or lampooning.....it's the real deal. He's not flying to NY and back every day to be Kelly Rippa's co-host for some kind of ironic "joke." Jimmy's kind of a summary of everything that Howard used to make fun of, yet somehow some people see him as being above it still.
Kimmel's idol is Letterman. Kimmel used to have a "L8 Night" license plate.
Letterman used to not pander. He used to be an asshole to his guests.
Guess what? Good guests stopped coming on.
Kimmel works for the man. He works for Disney.
His job is to pander, and he truly loves that job.
But Kimmel can't work for Disney and be a rebel.
It's just not possible.
That's why Kimmel is one of the rare talk show hosts who've made it to their 10th year.
Nothing I said was against Jimmy. My point was that he'll bend over backwards to fill in for Regis and be family friendly and all smiles. He'll do the safe, tame award show hosting gig or make nice with Oprah. He'll play the roll of Jimmy Kimmel on some awful movie that needs a status quo pop culture reference ( just like Leno and Larry King used to do). He'll do all of that (which is fine, I don't have anything against that) and somehow maintain his make believe "edge" as if all the fame chasing and whoring is a satirical performance.
I see people (here and elsewhere) who'll attack Leno for being this corporate safe shill while going out of their way to point out that they're Kimmel fans instead. To me, Kimmel and Leno are the same animal. I have nothing against either of 'em...I don't think everybody in show biz has to be Bill Hicks, but I find it odd that Kimmel gets put into this category where his pandering is thought to have a bite to it.
I never give Kimmel a 100th of that much thought. The only time his name comes up in my life is when he's mentioned on Stern. Same with Leno and Letterman come to think of it. Like many people I stopped watching those shows years and years ago.
Might be a false premise here though -- people think of Kimmel as "edgy"? He seems less sweaty and puppy dog eager to please than Fallon, sure, but I would think your points are a given. Even The Man Show was just Abbott and Costello with a little more cleavage.