Jimmy Kimmel Compares the Packed GOP Debate Field to ‘American Idol’

“Allowing 11 candidates to debate is the adult version of giving every kid on the soccer team a participation trophy,” late-night host says

Last Updated: September 17, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

If you felt like you were witnessing a reality show while watching the GOP debate on Wednesday, you were not alone.

Jimmy Kimmel likened the political drama to Fox’s long-running singing competition “American Idol” and no doubt wished he could vote a few candidates off the show.

“There were 11 candidates in the main debate. Which is about the same number they have on the first week of ‘American Idol’ … it’s a lot,” the ABC late-night host said in his opening monologue, which aired later than night.

“Allowing 11 candidates to debate is the adult version of giving every kid on the soccer team a participation trophy,” he added.

Trump, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and seven other candidates debated for many hours at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, prompting some social media users to wonder if it would ever end.

“Debates are a great way to learn about candidates you might not know much about,”  the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host continued.

“Like, for example, tonight I learned that there are people running for President other than Donald Trump. Were you aware of that?”

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.