The man who illegally shot and killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe may have made his apologies, but it was too late for him to avoid getting dragged on late night TV by an outraged (and visibly choked-up) Jimmy Kimmel.
Walter Palmer, who shot Cecil the Lion after hiring two guides to lure the animal out of a protected national park, was the subject of Kimmel's monologue last night (July 28).
On the stage at "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the TV host questioned the practice of sport hunting in general, and the motivations of Palmer in particular -- with, uh, certain suggestions ventured as to why a grown man would feel the need to kill a lion for funzies.
"Is it that difficult for you to get an erection, that you need to kill things that are stronger than you? They have a pill for that. It works great," Kimmel said, before going on to cap his monologue with a scathing Bill Cosby reference: "Just stay home and swallow it, and you'll save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised Jell-O pudding on television."
Although he kept it together for most of the set, Kimmel became overcome with emotion while suggesting that viewers donate to the Oxford University research project that had been tracking and studying the lion, in the hopes that something good might come out of the tragedy.
"At the very least, we can show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole," he said.