On Tuesday morning, President Trump mocked the low ratings this year’s Academy Awards brought in – and gave a theory for why that is.
‘Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President,’ he tweeted, adding in parentheses, ‘just kidding of course!’
Trump’s Oscars tweet – ‘Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY’ – came as he was offering his opinion on a number of topics including the just-announced Korean talks, DACA and his view on whether the White House was in ‘CHAOS.’
He argued that it was not. ‘There is no Chaos, only great Energy!’ the president argued.
As for the record-breaking turnover rate at his White House, he insisted that ‘People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision.
‘I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection),’ he added.
A media narrative has taken hold that morale is low and there’s infighting among his top advisers, including a rift between Chief of Staff John Kelly and his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.
The big story on Monday, however, was that Trump’s former political aide Sam Nunberg appeared on television multiple times to announce he planned to ignore Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s subpoena.
Through the course of the interviews, Nunberg suggested that Mueller had something on Trump while accusing campaign associate Carter Page of colluding with the Russians.
Over on Fox, though, the president’s favorite network, much of the coverage at the top of the programs was about the Oscars.
Sean Hannity kicked off his show by condemning host Jimmy Kimmel’s embrace of feminism.
‘Let’s start with the sanctimonious, so-called comedian, host Jimmy Kimmel, now Democratic activist dedicating much of his opening speech to women’s rights,’ Hannity scoffed.
The Fox News host also tore into Meryl Streep, who was referenced in Best Actress award winner Frances McDormand’s speech, for Streep having a previously cozy relationship with alleged sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein, a one-time top Hollywood producer.
Not even 10 minutes into the Fox & Friends broadcast Tuesday morning, the trio of hosts were back to discussing the Oscars, which took place Sunday night.
‘Congratulations, you broke a record ABC. It was officially the lowest-rated Oscars in history,’ said co-host Steve Doocy. ‘That’s too bad.’
‘The ratings are down double digits, almost 20 percent over last year. The Oscars have never fallen below 32 million and they’ve fallen to just about 26.5 million,’ he continued.
‘What is going on? Why aren’t people watching?’ he mused.
His co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Ainsley Earhardt floated a number of theories.
‘I think it’s a combination of things,’ Kilmeade replied. ‘There’s no mega-stars. There used to be mega-stars, people couldn’t wait to see what they acted like in real life when you get them up to a microphone.’
This comment was likely the inspiration for Trump’s tweet.
Kilmeade also noted how many of the movies nominated this year were ‘low-profile.’
He added that the nearly four-hour show, ‘just drones on and on.’
Doocy suggested that the overly political nature of the show has turned viewers off.
‘Jimmy Kimmel made it clear in the first few minutes that he was going to be political, so half the country goes “click” I don’t have to watch that,’ Doocy said.
Earhardt agreed, though added that she thought some people didn’t even turn the program on anymore.
Kilmeade also suggested that the humor was too adult.
‘Should you be saying a crotch joke at 8:02? With every single family watching?’ he asked. ‘The Brady Bunch never used those words.’
Kimmel, in one of his opening bits, complimented the Oscar statue for being the best man in Hollywood.
‘He keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and literally doesn’t have a penis,’ Kimmel said. ‘He is literally a statue of limitations.’
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