'I Don't Want to Talk About Trump Every Night' Jimmy Kimmel Says as President Complains of 'One-sided Hatred'

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel said yesterday that he doesn't want to discuss the president on a daily basis but is left with no other option because he is terrible.

"I don't want to talk about Donald Trump every night," he told the Jimmy Kimmel Live! audience. "None of us do. None of us who host these shows do, but he gives us no choice."

The U.S. comedian was responding to criticism sparked by comments made by former Tonight Show host Jay Leno on The Today Show yesterday. Referring to Trump, Leno shared his belief that most segments had become too partisan and only have "one topic every night."

"All the comics—Jimmy, Colbert, everybody else—it's tough when that's the only topic out there," Leno said when asked how the talk show scene had changed since he left in 2014.

The president picked up on the sentiment in one of his many Twitter posts yesterday. "The one-sided hatred on these shows is incredible and for me, unwatchable," Trump wrote.

But Kimmel countered by saying his show's material was mostly fueled by the barrage of social media updates and real-world gaffes of America's 45th president and his staffers.

He said: "If he sat in the White House all day quietly working on things I would almost never mention him because it's not interesting, but before 10 a.m. today, before 10 o'clock... his former campaign chairman was sentenced to prison for the second time in a week.

"He called himself the most successful president in history, and he tweeted to let people know his wife hasn't been replaced by a body double. I'm not supposed to mention that?

"Obama wore mom jeans one time we made jokes about it for six straight years. How about this: you stop being terrible, we'll stop pointing it out," Kimmel said, Mediaite reported.

Indeed, Trump tweeted more than a dozen times yesterday. In the first post he said some people consider him to have had "the most successful first two years [as president] in history." Later he referenced "conspiracy theories that it's actually not her by my side," referring to his wife Melania's alleged stand-ins.

In two updates in close succession, he tweeted "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" then "KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" Amid the criticism, Kimmel said he was happy the president was a viewer. He stated: "I do have to say I am flattered he is watching, considering the fact that we are in the middle of a national emergency. Are the caravans here yet or are those still on the way?"