Jimmy Kimmel is NOT messing around! The late-night host weighed in on the Cecil the Lion killing during an angry monologue on July 28 and he didn’t hold anything back, choking up a little as he made clear his disgust and compared hunter Walter Palmer to Bill Cosby.
Count Jimmy Kimmel, 47, as one of the many people outraged by the death of Cecil the lion at the hands of American dentist, Walter Palmer, 55. The late-night TV host didn’t hold anything back while discussing the controversial killing of Africa’s most-famous lion during his monologue on the July 28, choking up a little as he made clear his disgust and likened the present hatred of Palmer to the public’s feeling towards Bill Cosby, 78. See his impassioned speach below!
Jimmy Kimmel may be known for his humorous wit, but on the July 28 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! he was as serious as could be on the topic of Cecil the lion. Reacting to the news of the lion’s killing by the hands of an American dentist, Jimmy couldn’t help but get choked up while speaking to the audience during his opening monologue, referring to the lion as a “beautiful creature.” His passionate monologue was in parts disgusted by Palmer’s act, eviscerating the dentist’s motivation and questioning whether he hunted for sexual thrills, saying “is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you?” He later said if Palmer took Viagra he could “save himself from being the most hated man in America who never advertised jell-o pudding on television,” a clear reference to Bill Cosby. Towards the end of the monologue, the topic clearly got to the late-night host as he teared up momentarily while calling on people to make donations to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford, saying, “Sorry. I’m okay. I’m good. Make a donation to support them. At the very least, maybe we can show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole.”
Now to be fair, the host also stressed that he wasn’t against hunting completely, but rather disgusted by way in which Palmer went about doing it: i.e. luring the lion out of the park, shooting him with a bow and arrow, tracking him for 40 hours and then shooting, skinning and beheading the beloved animal. “If you’re hunting to eat or to help keep the animal population healthy or it’s part of your culture or something, that’s one thing, but if you’re some A-hole dentist who wants a lion’s head over the fireplace in his man cave so his douchebag buddies can gather around it and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that’s just vomitus,” said Jimmy. “This guy must have quite a collection of animal heads.” Jimmy then showed several photos of Palmer posing next to animals he killed, including the black bear his shot and was later convicted of a felony for after lying about the incident.
Dentist Apologizes After Being Called Out By Officials
Zimbabwe officials identified the American dentist as the man responsible for the murder of the world-famous African lion on July 28. Palmer was tracked down after two independent sources confirmed the hunter’s identity to The Telegraph, which also located a copy of Palmer’s relevant hunting permit. After having been identified by the task force, Palmer released a statement on July 28 saying that to his knowledge, “everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted. I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt,” he said. “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.” Palmer added that he had not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. but promised to cooperate if they had questions.
The incident has since caused waves of outrage around the world as Cecil was no ordinary lion — he had been tagged by the Wildlife Unit of Oxford University in the U.K. and was the subject of over a decade of research. He never bothered anybody,” said Johnny Rodrigues, the head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. “He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at.”
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— Alyssa Montemurro