Indeed, he told a US broadcaster he would “do it again in a heartbeat”.
“I want everyone with a television to watch the show,” Mr Kimmel.
He told CBS that he was liked equally by both Republicans and Democrats just three years ago.
But the number of more politically conservative numbers “went way down – like 30 per cent”, he said.
The less than ideal ratings numbers aside, Mr Kimmel, said: “If they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then I don’t know. I probably won’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”
The Jimmy Kimmel Live host was not always a political comedian or commentator, but told the New York Times that Donald Trump’s presidency had pushed him in that direction.
Back in May, Mr Kimmel gave emotional monologue on Republicans’ proposed replacement of Obamacare by telling the story of how his son Billy was born with a defect that required heart surgeries and a lengthy hospital stay.
World news in pictures
15 October 2017
People demonstrate in Kisumu, to demand the removal of officials from national election oversight body, Interim Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) allegedly implicated in manipulation of the votes tally during the August 8, presidential elections.
The election was annuled by the Supreme court due to massive irregularity.
15 October 2017
A burnt house is seen following a forest fire in Vila Nova, near Vouzela, Portugal
14 October 2017
People carry the remains of Waseem Shah, a suspected militant commander, who according to the local media was killed during a gunbattle with Indian security forces in Pulwama district in Kashmir
13 October 2017
A Palestinian boy runs for cover during clashes with Israeli troops near the Jewish settlement of Qadomem, in the West Bank village of Kofr Qadom, near Nablus
11 October 2017
A supporter of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, lies on the ground after he was hit by a police truck during a protest along a street in Nairobi, Kenya
9 October 2017
A supporter of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) wears oranges during a protest calling for the sacking of election board officials involved in August’s cancelled presidential vote, in Nairobi, Kenya
8 October 2017
Palestinian and Israeli women march, as part of an event organised by “Women Wage Peace” group calling for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, near the Jordan River, in the occupied West Bank
6 October 2017
A woman stands on the stairs outside the Administrative Court in Athens as she takes part in a protest against planned pension cuts
5 October 2017
Members of Indonesia’s special forces Kopassus march during celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesia military, in Cilegon, Indonesia Banten province
4 October 2017
People look on as boats participating in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race leave Punta del Este harbour in Uruguay
2 October 2017
Smoke billows from buildings following a reported air strike on Ain Tarma in the Eastern Ghouta area, a rebel stronghold east of the Syrian capital
1 October 2017
Firemen try to hold a group of people in front of Spanish Civil Guard officers outside a polling station in San Julia de Ramis on the day of a referendum on independence for Catalonia banned by the Spanish government. More than 5.3 million Catalans are called today to vote in a referendum on independence, surrounded by uncertainty over the intention of Spanish institutions to prevent this plebiscite banned by justice
30 September 2017
Catalan regional police (Mossos d’Esquadra) arrive to the IES Tarradell school to notify its principal that the school must remain closed, in Barcelona. Hundreds of people have spent the night in different schools and civic centers designated by the regional Government to be polling stations for the ‘1-O Referendum’ in an attempt to prevent the police from stopping their use, as the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia ordered
29 September 2017
An Indian police officer chases Shi’ite Muslim mourners as they run after they tried to participate in a Muharram procession ahead of Ashura, in Srinagar
27 September 2017
Ugandan opposition lawmakers fight with plain-clothes security personnel in the parliament while protesting a proposed age limit amendment bill debate to change the constitution for the extension of the president’s rule, in Kampala
26 September 2017
Military and local security personnel keep Rohingya refugees in line as they queue for aid at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
24 September 2017
Cliff Marisma of Australia and Per Estein Prois-Rohjell of Norway compete in the World Jousting Championships in Sydney, Australia. The World Jousting Championships sees Australia’s best jousters go head-to-head with their international counterparts. The Championship aims to replicate the same combat conditions that featured in 15th century Europe, with knights wearing historically accurate armour weighing around 40kg.
23 September 2017
Freshmen students of Nanning College for Vocational Technology balance bottles on their heads during their military training in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China.
22 September 2017
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army (Al-Hamza Brigade) is seen looking out in Hazwan town in Aleppo
21 September 2017
Protesters burn an effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte during a day of protest outside the presidential palace in Metro Manila, Philippines
20 September 2017
A crowd of protesters lift up a ballot box outside the Catalan region’s economy ministry building after junior economy minister Josep Maria Jove was arrested by Spanish police during a raid on several government offices, in Barcelona
19 September 2017
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi walks off the stage after delivering a speech to the nation over Rakhine and the Rohingya exodus, in Naypyitaw, Burma
Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
17 September 2017
Rohingya refugees wait for aid packages in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
16 September 2017
Riot police line up behind their shields following a clash with demonstrators demanding the resignation of congressmen outside the Guatemalan National Congress, in Guatemala City. Guatemala’s congress early this week voted overwhelmingly to reject a UN-backed request to lift the immunity of President Jimmy Morales in order for him to face a corruption probe over irregular party financing
13 September 2017
Members of the International Space Station (ISS) expedition 53/54, US astronauts Joseph Akaba (L) ,Mark Vande Hei (R) and Russia’s cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin attend a sending-off ceremony in the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
12 September 2017
A resident pushes his cart as he wades a flooded main street in Manila after a tropical depression locally named “Maring”, hit the eastern town of Mauban before moving northwest across the main island of Luzon and passing just beside Manila
Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images
11 September 2017
Soldiers in Japan’s Self-Defence Force prepare for a ceremony for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo
10 September 2017
A truck of a courier overturned by the storm in Livorno, Italy. The storm has claimed six victims with six others missing. Over 200 mm of rain has fallen causing landslides, mudslides and the flooding of various rivers
9 September 2017
The picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean residents offering flowers before the statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il (R) on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang during celebrations of the 69th anniversary of North Korea’s national day
8 September 2017
People gather on a street after an earthquake in Mexico City
7 September 2017
Rohingya refugee children sit in a hut next to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh
6 September 2017
Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma slams into San Juan, Puerto Rico
5 September 2017
A masked witness points to the police officers suspected of killing 17-year-old Kian delos Santos as she testifies during a senate hearing in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines
4 September 2017
(L-R) Brazil’s President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a group photo during the BRICS Summit at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Cente rin the Fujian province
3 September 2017
This undated picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking at a metal casing with two bulges at an undisclosed location.
North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, the official Korean Central News Agency claimed on 3 September. Questions remain over whether nuclear-armed Pyongyang has successfully miniaturised its weapons, and whether it has a working H-bomb, but KCNA said that leader Kim Jong-Un had inspected such a device at the Nuclear Weapons Institute.
2 September 2017
A girl looks on as muslims offer prayers during the Eid al-Adha festival in Agartala
2 September 2017
A cyclist looks at a truck flipped into floodwater in Port Arthur, Texas
1 September 2017
People attend prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia
Antara Foto/Rosa Panggabean/Reuters
“You know, before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there’s a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition…If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make,” Mr Kimmel said on his show.
Pundits took to rating the various versions of the replacement bill, the latest is the Graham-Cassidy bill, by the “Jimmy Kimmel test” based on the provisions of pre-existing coverage that saved Billy’s life.
In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting during which 58 people died and almost 500 were injured, Mr Kimmel said on his show: “It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to throw up or give up.”
Stephen Paddock fired several hundred rounds from a perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino into a crowd of 22,000 people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.
“I don’t know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen, or maybe a better question, why do we continue to let them to allow it to happen?,” Mr Kimmel said, on the verge of tears.
“Some things are more important than bringing in a big audience,” he told the newspaper, adding that he hopes one day the country can return to focusing on a “well-rounded show” that is more about celebrities like Beyonce and Jay-Z rather than politicians.