Jimmy Kimmel Gets Emotional in Monologue About Dentist Who Killed Cecil the Lion
Jimmy Kimmel showed his sensitive side on in a moving monologue in which he choked up while talking about the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion. Walter James Palmer traveled to Zimbabwe where he is believed to have paid $50,000 to hunt the famous lion.
Palmer’s hunt was illegal. He reportedly paid two locals to go on the hunt with. Palmer lured Cecil away from his home at Hwange National Park and shot him with a bow and arrow. Cecil wasn’t killed and ran for 40 hours before the hunters tracked him down and shot him to death before skinning and beheading him. Cecil reportedly had six cubs.
Kimmel was visibly upset almost breaking down in tears when discussing the killing of Cecil as well as other wild animals. He made a few jokes but became emotional when talking about it. He compared Cecil, the most famous animal in Zimbabwe, with Lassie. The facts surrounding Cecil’s killing were too much for him to bear and he expressed anger at the dentist who killed him illegally asking why he was “shooting a lion in the first place,” before adding:
Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things?
He then compared him to Bill Cosby calling him the:
most hated man in America who never advertised Jell-o pudding on television.
Kimmel encouraged viewers to donate to wildcru.org, an organization that supports wildlife conservation saying:
Maybe we can show the wold that not all Americans are like this jack hole.
Cecil’s killing has made international news outraging many. The two locals were arrested and released on bail. Officials in Zimbabwe are reportedly looking for Palmer as well.
Palmer released his own statement claiming he was unaware that the hunt was illegal claiming he relied on the hunters he paid to ensure a legal hunt. There are reports that have not been confirmed claiming Palmer illegally killed a black bear in Wisconsin several years ago.
Cecil had been fitted with a GPS collar as part of a study by Oxford University. Palmer claimed he did not realized until the end of the hunt that the lion was being tracked.
Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue echoed the sentiments of many who were horrified about the cruel way in which Cecil was killed. The late night host is friends with shock jock Howard Stern who, with his wife Beth, supports animal rights.
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