Jimmy Kimmel got emotional up during a three-minute monologue about the death of Cecil the lion, the African big cat that was killed by U.S. hunter Walter Palmer on July 1 in Zimbabwe.
Kimmel criticized Palmer, who has since gone into hiding and released this statement to the media: “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. […] I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
“Stop saying you took the animal. You take aspirin. You killed the lion. You didn’t take it,” Kimmel said. He then wondered why Palmer would shoot a lion at all.
“I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that,” Kimmel said. “How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you?” After the audience’s laughter died down, Kimmel made a reference to Bill Cosby: “If that’s the case, they have a pill for that. It works great. Just stay home and swallow it, and you save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised Jell-O pudding on television.”