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Jimmy Kimmel on Sarah Palin and ‘people who only believe in science when it happens to them’ | Late-night TV roundup

While most late-night hosts remain on spring break vacation, Jimmy Kimmel ripped Sarah Palin’s about-face on wearing masks and celebrated baseball’s Covid-modified opening day.

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel touched on a surprising change of heart by former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin in the Covid culture wars on Thursday evening. After revealing that she and several members of her family had been stricken with the coronavirus, Palin encouraged others to where masks.

“Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito, but trust it’s better than doing nothing to slow the spread,” the former governor of Alaska told People magazine.

“Which is rich,” said Kimmel, “because back in May she flew all the way to Texas to visit a beauty salon to support the owner of that salon who went to jail because she refused to shut her business down.”

The Texas woman “said that it was her constitutional right to endanger her community,” Kimmel continued, “but now that Sarah has herself been bitten by the bug, she changed her tune.

“I love these people who only believe in science when it happens to them,” Kimmel deadpanned. “It’s like saying ‘now that I’ve been mauled by a bear personally, I realize that their claws and teeth are very sharp.’”

Later in his April Fools monologue, Kimmel celebrated the return of baseball, albeit modified for Covid safety protocols. “You can’t beat opening day, sitting in a 33% capacity ballpark stuffing a hot dog into your N95, mustard all over the mask, whole deal,” he said.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing: the Mets and Nationals were forced to delay their game after five players either tested positive or were in quarantine. For the time being, “the league is still adhering to Covid guidelines,” Kimmel explained. “Crowds are limited and all second basemen and left fielders will be cardboard cut-outs.”

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