Jimmy Kimmel blev aldrig bedt om dette

“I’m not bad for a week,” says Jimmy Kimmel, who hardly holds his joy.

I dag er starten på en pause for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, And with his show on hiatus, Kimmel hygiene will be as good. Senge-nat taleshow has been on departure for a seven-day fly fishing trip on Montana Flathead River with Kevin, his son from his first marriage, working on Direkte!, and a crew of friends, including celebrity chef Adam Perry Lang and Huey Lewis (yes den).

“Det var en 50 års fødselsdagsgave fra min kone,” siger Kimmel. “Dybest set gift med aldrig brusebad.”

Den kendsgerning, at Kimmel already is 51 i november, indicates that he has a lot of need for a holiday. Når vi bestiller brunch på en restaurant i Los Angeles, er Kimmels normalt tungere øjne blødere end normalt fra træthed. “There is a new part of terror every single day,” he says. “I do not want to start the show with Donald Trump every evening. Sometimes I just give a break, but I think it’s a relief for people to remember that life continues despite his presence.”

Kimmels holdning til sundhedspleje, våbenlov og politik for familieseparation gør ham til den sjældne, relatable fortaler for den almindelige. Allmandsfaderen til fire has become a despised goal for the right and a disappointment on the left, which criticizes him for not mastering every thing on their agenda.

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Martin Schoeller / kunst og handel. Loro Piana jakke, trøje og slips. Emporio Armani pocket square.

“Der er ingen værre end liberaler”, sukker Kimmel. “Konservativ holder sammen. Liberale vil spise deres eget. De er som et akvarium fuld af piranhas.”

Mest af alt, Kimmel chafes ved at blive brugt af begge sider. “I would love if one day I could take my view as my point of view rather than a kind of political weapon,” he says. “Because it’s not what I am, and it’s never what I intended.”

Vendepunktet came last year in May when Kimmel stood on stage in his studio and cared for the crowd and millions of viewers at home. “Jeg har en historie at fortælle,” begyndte han. “I try not to become emotional, but it’s a terrifying story. Before I get into it, I want to know you have a happy ending.” Kimmel tried to stay lukewarm when he described his newborn søn Billys diagnosticere af en sjælden og ofte dødelig hjertesygdom og den resulterende nødoperation. Han viet de sidste tre minutter af sin monolog til sundhedsplejefortalelse. “Jeg så mange familier,” sagde Kimmel gennem sobs. “Ingen forælder should ever decide if they can afford to save their children’s lives. It just does not happen. Not here,” he concluded..

“I’m an emotional person. I’m a crier,” says Kimmel, explaining the waterworks that became his watercraft moment. “Folk forventer ikke det, fordi jeg snakker om sport og jeg er en lout. Men i can not get through a wedding bowl without cutting tears.”

The large set non-described monologue was deep and personal. It went viralt, resonated with the public and cemented support for the affordable care law. Senators sought their approval, and his lawyer helped with defeating a lifting of Obamacare. “I never thought in my life that my name would be invoked on the bottom of the congress,” says Kimmel. “Medmindre jeg begik en slags horrible forbrydelse.”

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Martin Schoeller / kunst og handel. Tom Ford kostume, skjorte, slips og sko. Emporio Armani pocket square.

Kimmel woke up five months later, after mass shooting in his hometown of Las Vegas. Han bad om forbud mod angrebsvåben, mandat til universel baggrundskontrol og lukning af gunshow-smuthullet og kaldte medlemmer af kongressen for deres inddragelse med NRA.

Næsten et år fortsætter Kimmels skændsel. Det er rimeligt at diskutere hvad det betyder at fyren bag Crank Yankers og The Man Show is one of our leading votes about moral violence, and yet Kimmel’s role is undeniable.

Han er blevet sen natværten Amerika did not know that it was necessary. Jimmy Fallon befandt sig uden for den seitgeist, da han pludselig slog Trumps pompadour. James Cordens carpool karaoke er ren escapism. Stephen Colbert og Seth Meyers har vendt sig mod politiske kommentarer og nåede tilbage til deres anklagede alter-egoer. I contrast this to Kimmel’s emphasis on his authentic self, as he speaks (and often not his heart). Oprah himself has called him an American hero.

For not so long ago, Kimmel could have been remembered as the host, who had to apologize for the biggest screwhead in Oscar’s history. At skulle forklare det Moonlight, not La La Land, The best picture seems quaint compared to what Kimmel tackles on a nightly basis now. “Han er blevet en reel autoritetsfigur på vigtige spørgsmål,” siger hans ven Lena Dunham. “And he has done it because he has experienced pain. He will not let people feel alone.”

“Jeg søger ikke at være leder,” siger Kimmel. “I’m forced to talk, and people should not read more than that. I hear people say smart, meaningful things every day. I just happened to have a TV show.

“Mange mennesker, der plejede at lide mig, gør ikke længere, og det er jeg okay med,” fortsætter han. He has paid a prize for his principles in other ways, such as losing a lucrative ad campaign he had booked. “I’m sure there are companies that think,” Hands off “,” he says, “but there are more important things.” naturally, Direkte! airs på ABC, som jeg år genstartede (og annulleret) Roseanne og spikede en episode af Sortér-ish der tacklede raceforhold og Black Life Matter. When I ask Kimmel, if he gets criticism or edits from the network bush, he pushes. “Nogle gange lidt,” siger han. “For the most part I never listen. They can push me everything they want, but I’m still saying what I want to say. I still do what I want to do.”

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Martin Schoeller / kunst og handel. Loro Piana jakke, trøje og slips og en Emporio Armani lomme kvadrat.

I april førte han en Twitter-kamp med Fox News brandbrand Sean Hannity, men i sidste ende sluttede Kimmel med undskyldning. På vinde ordskrigen, men ikke den større slag viser, at han ikke har noget problem at være den større person. Da han kaldte Texas senator Ted Cruz “en blobfish” på luft efter kameraer viste ham på en NBA playoff spil, den republikanske lovgiver udfordrede ham til en spil af en på en. Kimmel scorede point for synd on-court kommentar – om sundhedspleje og indvandring – men Cruz sluttede med at besejre Kimmel 11 til 9, i hvad der blev kaldt Blobfish Basketball Classic.

“Jeg lavede et par fejl,” siger Kimmel af spillet, som rejste tusindvis af dollars til Texas Children’s Hospital og Generation One. “Der burde have været noget straf for fouling, fordi de tilføjede det, og han forkælet mig som 70 gange.”

Kimmel havde håbet at tjene en hjælp til Cruz’s demokratiske udfordrer, Beto O’Rourke. “Jeg regnede med at det var værd at kaste døren,” siger Kimmel. “If Cruz had left the court, I think Beto would win the voters down.”

Da Kimmel fik chancen for at lave et sennat show fra bunden i 2003 lånte han fra sine største indflydelser (og nu venner), Howard Stern og David Letterman, men lavede Direkte! sin egen. Hans humor was more difficult and more evil in the early days, but developed like Kimmel became more comfortable. Som Kimmel adds: “The number one key quality for a talk show is similar. You can be fun, you can be smart, you can be many different things. But if they do not like you, there’s no form for forbindelse. “

Et par øjeblikke stopper kollegiumsaldrende kvinder ved vores bord og spørger om Kimmel ville tage selvhjælp med dem. “Jeg er så ked af det,” siger en. “Min mor er den største Jimmy Kimmel fan.”

“Jeg er ikke Jimmy Kimmel. Hvor vover du!”

Plads og varme, Kimmel forpligter deres anmodning om flere flere snapshots. “Sig din mor, jeg sagde hej,” siger han, da de afgår. When he is sitting back, he turns to me and says, “I bet her mother wants to ask me about the individual mandate.”

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There was a time when Kimmel would be bombarded with questions about Hollywood and celebrities. Nu bliver han spurgt om Affordable Care Act. “I’ve been to see how the whole talk is about health care all night,” says Kimmel. “It’s something I have passion for, but it does not necessarily mean that I want to talk about it for hours on a cocktail party. But I know there’s a reason why they share these stories with me. , fordi jeg får en masse negativitet. “

Angrebene på Kimmel has been both predictable and unforeseen. The worst offenders come from online trolls who regularly want his son Billy’s injury. Kimmel has received many death threats through social media and more scary letters sent to her home. “Jeg giver ikke meget energi,” siger han. “Nogle gange vil det forstyrre min kone, men jeg ved, at de er cowards.”

Kimmel er gave med Molly McNearney, en af ​​hovedforfatterne af Direkte! and a driving force behind the decision to discuss Billy’s health and advocate for healthcare. “Molly er meget, meget aktiv,” siger Kimmel. “What you’ve seen on TV is not all. We are working to our best ability to help and activate people.”

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De begyndte at danse i 2009 og tro i 2013, men deres dynamik er stort set det samme. “The only way it’s changed,” says Kimmel, “that Molly overrides my position as the producer and host of the show right now. There was a form of short recognition of it.” McNearney is an accomplished comedic sind mig selv, med moxie og humor til at matche Kimmys. “Jeg har virkelig haft tre forhold,” forklarer Kimmel. “Min første kone, Gina, hvem er meget sjov. Næste var Sarah Silverman, hvem er meget sjov.” Og min kone. “All women in my family are funny, so I think that’s probably why I’m attracted af sjove kvinder. “

Udover Billy, som nu er lidt over et år gammel, har Kimmel og McNearney en datter, Jane, 4 år (Kimmels andre til børn, fra hans første bryllup er voksne). Each morning wakes up with 7 and makes the children breakfast – often Janes favorite, intricate pancakes painted with organic food colors in the forms of clowns, Jordnødder tegn eller om morgenen var han vært for Oscars, Lyn McQueen fra biler film. Then he comes to work and passes through 40 pages of jokes, sketches and routines, as his writers, McNearney among them, send to his post. Medmindre personale pranker ham (as they do about once a year on his birthday), Kimmel has had a hand in every joke that has been sent since the show began 15 years ago.

Selvom drained at the moment – hence the thrill over McNearney’s badfrit birthday gift – Kimmel is obviously still engaged. Men han indrømmer, he has thought at the end of his race. “This will not be a situation where somebody ever has to ask me to leave,” he says. “I want to leave on my own terms when I feel time is right. And that day is coming.”

Kimmel seems to be determined to continue until he can return to what he wanted. He is tired of moral victory and word war. “It’s like there are wild animals loose in the house, and they break everything,” he says. “Vi skal bare åbne alle vinduerne og forvolde dem ud.

“I hope, and I trust that we will get past this,” he continues, “and we go back to the old road where we could only talk about stupid things.”

Fotograf: Martin Schoeller. Fashion redaktør: Rodney Munoz. Pleje: Stephanie Fowler. Sæt design: Jesse Nemeth. Produktion: Kelsey Stevens Productions.

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