Jimmy Kimmel Blasts Disney Upfronts: "One Big Ad-Supported Pile of S–t"

Jimmy Kimmel delivers sharp humor at Disney's annual event.

by Nouman Rasool
Jimmy Kimmel Blasts Disney Upfronts: "One Big Ad-Supported Pile of S–t"
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Jimmy Kimmel delivered a no-holds-barred monologue at Disney's annual upfront presentation to advertisers, taking aim at a wide range of targets from CEO Bob Iger to streaming bundles and Elon Musk. Known for his sharp wit, Kimmel did not disappoint the Madison Avenue audience with his biting humor.

Kimmel began by mocking Disney’s new show, "Golden Bachelor," and its follow-up, "Golden Bachelorette." He joked about the show’s strategy to capture CBS’s viewers and didn't shy away from explicit humor about its content.

He also took a swipe at Amazon, jesting that their advertisers were lucky not to be stolen from the porch. Turning his attention to Disney’s leadership, Kimmel didn’t spare Bob Iger. He humorously criticized Iger’s continued presence despite his age and mocked last year's failed attempt to sell Disney.

Kimmel’s sarcasm was evident when he likened Iger’s actions to drowning children instead of merely testing the waters.

Disney’s Desperate Bundling

The late-night host also took aim at Disney’s streaming strategy.

He described the company's bundling efforts as a desperate measure, comparing it to huddling in a sleeping bag with an uncle to survive freezing temperatures. He humorously labeled the consolidated streaming service as a "basic cable" package and sarcastically praised its ad-supported model.

Kimmel extended his critique to other streaming giants like Netflix, Apple, and Peacock, who have introduced similar bundles. He mockingly suggested that "StreamSaver" sounded like a product from Tucker Carlson’s website.

He continued his tirade, emphasizing the redundancy of having content available in multiple places and calling out competitors for their ad-supported approaches. On the topic of sports, Kimmel mentioned ESPN’s partnership with Fox and Warner Brothers Discovery, jokingly naming the bundle "Weekend at Divorced Dad’s House." He highlighted the absurdity of these collaborations and their appeal to subscribers.

Kimmel didn't hold back his disdain for Netflix, pointing out their shift from ad-free to ad-supported content. He humorously compared Netflix’s new stance to commercial television, expressing schadenfreude over their change in strategy.

He also took jabs at familiar reality TV content, specifically targeting the Kardashians and CBS's long-running shows like "Young Sheldon" and "Blue Bloods." He speculated humorously about CBS’s potential future shows, demonstrating his sharp eye for the industry's trends.

In his closing remarks, Kimmel sarcastically praised Disney’s advanced AI analytics and meta-tagging data, making light of corporate jargon. He concluded with a humorous take on the importance of relationships and efficient data tracking, leaving the audience with a blend of laughter and thought-provoking commentary.