Jimmy Kimmel had to stop and compose himself as he became upset talking about the killing of Cecil the lion on his show.
Kimmel was explaining about Cecil the lion, who was quite famous and wore a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University Research project—they had been tracking him for years. He became a favorite with tourists and the guides on Safari who would always see him. Then a tourist on a hunting trip shot him for sport.
Kimmel goes on to say that when he first read a news report, it was saying a Spaniard shot Cecil, and he was relieved it wasn’t an American.
He says: “I was like, this is terrible, but thank God it wasn’t one of us for once, and then I went online this morning and learned it turns out it was an American—it was one of us.”
Kimmel explains more about how Cecil was killed and the guy who killed him.
At the end, when he’s asking people to donate to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford, Kimmel starts to cry a bit, composes himself, starts to talk again, but then still needs a little more composure, and then continues to say that hopefully we can show that not all Americans are like the one who killed Cecil.
The Wrap reported: “After the moving segment on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ that concluded with the host urging his audience to donate to the research group that was tracking Cecil with the GPS collar, Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Unit reported that more than 2,600 people donated money, totaling more than $150,000.”
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