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“Please Retire”: People Ask Jimmy Kimmel To Change His Decision To Continue Working After He Blamed Writers’ Strike For Spoiling His Retirement Plan

The recently released talk show podcast ‘Strike Force Five‘ has gained a lot of popularity already. United States’ top five talk-show hosts have assembled to make this podcast available on Spotify. 


However, the first episode of the podcast has already ignited some controversies. It did highlight some great points and also talked about how many celebrities stepped up to help the writers during the ongoing strike. However, it also had a controversial statement made by Jimmy Kimmel which has made netizens very angry. So let’s take a look!

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What Did Jimmy Kimmel Say?

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel

In the first episode of the newly launched podcast ‘Strike Force Five’, the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live‘ host talked about his retirement plans. “I was very intent on retiring right around the time where the strike started,” Kimmel said. “And now, I realize, oh yeah, it’s kind of nice to work. You know when you are working, you think about not working.”

To this, his co-host Seth Meyers chipped in, “Kimmel, c’mon, you are the Tom Brady of late night…you have feigned retirement…. Are we to take you at your word?” 

But to answer this question, Jimmy Kimmel made a joke that gave rise to the controversy which made netizens very angry. Kimmel replied to Meyers’ question saying, “I was serious, I was very, very serious.” He proceeded to make a joke that did not sit well with the netizens. Kimmel talked about taking summers off his job but said he liked them better when he’s “getting paid to get the summer off.”


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How Are Netizens Reacting? 

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel on ‘Strike Force Five’

Netizens have taken offense to this statement or joke made by Kimmel. So many have taken to social media to express their disappointment. Many feel the comments made by Kimmel were insensitive towards the WGA strike.

Strike Force Five‘ is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Seth Meyers. And all proceeds are meant to go to the strikers. So making a comment like this on a show meant to help the strikers is not a good move. Plus Kimmel’s untimely retirement would have caused problems since he agreed to a three-year extension of his contract.


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Nilova Jasu is an entertainment author at FirstCuriosity. With prior experience working at various celebrity blogs, she takes pride in being a know-it-all when it comes to pop culture. Being a student of medicine, Grey's Anatomy is Nilova's 'comfort watch'. A massive fan of Robert Downey Jr, whenever she is not reading up on the latest celebrity scoop on Instagram and Twitter, Nilova's busy buring her head in storybooks, playing with her pet cats or bingeing on the latest Netflix release.