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Jimmy Kimmel Says It’s Late Night’s Job to Talk Mass Shootings Because ‘Nobody Is Doing Anything About It at All

Jimmy Kimmel Says It’s Late Night’s Job to Talk Mass Shootings Because ‘Nobody Is Doing Anything About It at All

Things took a serious turn at a Television Critics Association panel on Monday when Jimmy Kimmel was asked to address the recent mass shootings that took the lives of dozens of people over the weekend.

"I was just joking", Kimmel said. Kimmel said he believes there is now "an expectation that late-night talk shows will address these disgusting things". "Nobody's doing anything about it at all and we seem to forget about these tragedies nationally four days after they happen". "My hope in situations like that - I know I don't have any thoughts that are new or groundbreaking - to just remind people that 97% of Americans believe that we should have background checks for purchases at gun shows and that our politicians don't listen to us anymore".

Kimmel credited David Letterman and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart for being leaders in how to tackle more hard subjects.

"David Letterman got that ball rolling then Jon Stewart said - and still continues to say - a lot of important things", Kimmel said. You watch the news all day and see what's going on, how do you walk on stage and ignore it? "I wish we didn't have to do it so frequently".

Speaking at the TCA summer press tour, he told Deadline, "I was seriously considering, I don't know if you'd say it was really retiring because I'd always do something". You still want to feel like your company is behind you, and I do, and that was a big part of it. "I think now there is an expectation that late-night talk shows will address these disgusting things and I wish we didn't have to, but nobody's doing anything about it at all".