Jimmy Kimmel blames Netflix for low Oscars ratings in response to Trump

  • Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars on Sunday night, has responded to President Donald Trump’s tweet about low Oscars ratings.
  • On his show Tuesday night, Kimmel said every big televised event had dipped in ratings since Netflix emerged.
  • Kimmel also said Trump would like the best-picture winner “The Shape of Water” because it’s about a “monster who has sex with a woman who can’t talk about it.”

Jimmy Kimmel, who has gained a reputation for speaking out against President Donald Trump, has now addressed the president’s tweet about low Oscars ratings.

Trump on Tuesday tweeted about Sunday night’s telecast, which was the lowest-rated in Oscars history in Kimmel’s second straight year hosting.

“Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!” Trump tweeted.


Kimmel tweeted back at Trump with, “Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY.” But that didn’t stop him from addressing Trump on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday night as well.

“Trump loves saying the ratings are down as if to insinuate that’s some sort of show of support for him, but the truth is, every year since Netflix happened, the ratings for every big TV show are down – Super Bowl, Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes,” Kimmel said. “But Trump thinks he caused the ratings to go down.”

Ratings for last month’s Super Bowl were down 7% from the previous year’s, and the Grammys in January saw a 24% ratings decline from 2017.

Kimmel went on to say Trump would love this year’s best-picture winner, “The Shape of Water,” because it was about a “monster who has sex with a woman who can’t talk about it,” which Kimmel said was “basically like his life story.”

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