Jimmy Kimmel has heard how bad the ratings were for his second go around hosting the Oscars on Sunday, so you don’t need to rub it in. And if you are going to rub it in? Well, then you better make sure your approval rating is higher than his was.
Early on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump tweeted a “joke” about the 90th Annual Academy Awards numbers, writing, “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!”
Soon after the president posted his zinger, the late-night host quoted his jab, adding the best possible comeback: “Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY.”
Ouch. But to be fair, Trump isn’t wrong here. Well, on the lowest-rated Oscars in history part.
Sunday’s show was the least-watched Academy Awards in history. But we’ve got our own theories as to why — and they’re a bit more plausible. Read why these were actually the lowest-rated Oscars in history here.
Kimmel’s second turn emceeing the celebration of film plummeted nearly 20 percent from his 2017 debut. The 2018 ABC special settled for 26.5 million total viewers, which obliterated the old low-water mark of 32 million set back in 2008.
See Trump’s original tweet and Kimmel’s comeback below.
Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2018
Thanks, lowest rated President in HISTORY. https://t.co/E01UgDaZ3T
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 6, 2018