Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel told Deadline magazine that when he performs his annual "roast" of Disney executives this week, there won't be many jabs at President Donald Trump because people appear to have had enough.
Asked if he had a "barrelful of barbs" aimed at the president ready to be unleashed during the annual "cable news upfront" event — a friendly gathering of the major networks' "executives, media, producers, and advertisers" set to take place later this week — Kimmel said he'd be pulling back on the anti-Trump rhetoric, even though that's become a signature of his late-night monologues.
"I don't know. I don't know how much focus there will be on [Trump]," Kimmel said. "I think that people have had an a** full of Donald Trump."
He says he's seen other things he wants to make fun of, though he admits he can't make the event entirely "Trump-free." And, he went on to suggest that "hopefully" this will be the last ABC executive gathering of the Trump-era, as though Trump will be impeached or removed from office before Kimmel has to take the stage in front of an entirely friendly audience once again.
The "upfront" won't be televised — at least, it won't be carried live by the networks it's roasting — so it's possible Kimmel is only dispensing with the Trump jokes because there's no greater audience to "instruct" using jokes sourced from talking points delivered directly from New York Senator Chuck Schumer's office. The high and mighty of the media industry are all well aware that they are intellectually superior, so why bother rubbing it in?