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Jimmy Kimmel: ‘Carolyn Goodman should resign’ after CNN interview

Updated April 23, 2020 - 6:31 pm

It didn’t take long for one of Las Vegas’ favorite sons to weigh in on Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s ill-fated interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel called for Goodman to step down. Like, today.

Kimmel tweeted, “The @mayoroflasvegas Carolyn Goodman should resign before lunch arrives today. She is an embarrassment to my hometown.”

That post hit social media just after Goodman’s interview, during which she repeated her endorsement of opening Las Vegas in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kimmel continued his onslaught in his monologue on Wednesday night.

“Let’s put it this way,” Kimmel said from his living room, from which his show has originated during COVID-19. “R. Kelly was watching this interview and said, ‘This woman is nuts.’”

Kimmel said Goodman “revealed her lunacy to Anderson Cooper and the whole country.”

During the interview, Kimmel also tweeted (while tagging her account and that of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority), “Dear Las @Vegas. It would appear that your@mayoroflasvegas Carolyn Goodman is dangerously misguided. I am not easily shocked anymore, but the interview she is doing with @andersoncooper @cnn right now is bonkers.”

Through a representative, Kimmel declined further comment, referring back to his Twitter posts.

Later Wednesday afternoon, Kimmel’s TV cast mate and family member “Cousin Sal” Iacono posted a clip of the interview, “The mayor of Las Vegas got hold of all the drink tickets before quarantine.”

Iacono posted a two-minute segment, part of which was Cooper asking Goodman if she would be “sitting in casinos every night” during the pandemic. “First of all, I have a family,” Goodman says in response. Kimmel retweeted that post.

The 52-year-old Kimmel attended Clark High School and UNLV. He taped a week of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at Zappos Theater last April, and operates Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at Linq Promenade. He most recently attended the Power of Love Gala on March 7 at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His PodKats podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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