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Jimmy Kimmel addressed the controversy surrounding the killing of Cecil the Lion, referring to Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer as a “jackhole.”
Kimmel weighed in on the issue during his monologue on Tuesday night.
Kimmel questioned why the dentist would pay $55,000 to hunt Cecil, a popular lion at a Zimbabwean national park. He refused to hold back, getting emotional (at the 4:10 mark in the video) while encouraging people to make a positive out of the situation by donating to wildcru.org.
Torrent of anger online
Palmer’s apparent role in Cecil’s demise has brought a huge wave of online anger crashing down on him.
The Yelp page for his dental practice in Bloomington, Minnesota, was inundated with bad reviews posted by people upset over his lion hunting rather than his root canal work.
“Shame on you, killing a majestic creature,” wrote a user by the name of Charmie P.
The website for Palmer’s business, River Bluff Dental, appeared to have been taken down.
A torrent of outrage flowed on social media, with celebrities like Sharon Osbourne lambasting the dentist.
“I hope that #WalterPalmer loses his home, his practice & his money,” Osbourne tweeted. “He has already lost his soul.”