Trump still furious at Jimmy Kimmel: ‘He just had to keep his mouth shut’

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Donald Trump again attacked Jimmy Kimmel over the television host’s nightly jokes and insults to the former president during the Oscars telecast earlier this month.

“I think Jimmy Kimmel beats me to it every night, his ratings are terrible,” Trump told Fox News host Howard Kurtz on Sunday. “He is not a talented person. I heard he hits me all the time, so I thought I’d hit him up because I thought he was a lousy host.

Trump took aim at Kimmel in a post on his Truth Social website midway through the Oscars. Kimmel read that message live during the ceremony and quipped that he was surprised Trump was still watching.

“Isn’t your jail time over?” Kimmel said.

In his absurd interview with Kurtz, Trump claimed that Kimmel had scored a victory of sorts by reading his message.

“That’s probably, silly, you know, he had to do it, he had to act in a short period of time, like minutes, right? He had a few minutes because he’s on the air, he sees this thing and he wants to go in there and he wants to, I think, confront me and so on and he’s reading my truth,” Trump said. “I said, ‘This guy is even more stupid than I thought.’ This thing went viral, now it has spread all over the world and all he has to do is keep his mouth shut.”

Oscars producer Molly McNerney — who is also Kimmel’s wife — said after the show that she tried to tell Kimmel about reading Trump’s message.

However, after the joke went viral, McNerney admitted that she was wrong.

“I think my instincts are usually right, but I was completely different from that,” she told Variety.

Trump has been obsessed with his treatment on late-night television for years and has publicly attacked Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, “Saturday Night Live” and others for their jokes at his expense.

When he was president, he also wanted to punish networks and shows that mocked or criticized him. Last year, Rolling Stone reported that Trump had called White House officials at ABC’s parent company Disney, which airs Kimmel’s show, and demanded they take action against the host.

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