Jimmy Kimmel cut Rick Santorum joke from White House speech

Why did Kimmel cut it out?

When Jimmy Kimmel was the featured performer at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in late April, he scored some pretty rave reviews for his riffs on many Washington elites and various celebrities in attendance. However, there were still ultimately some places that he was afraid to go.

In an interview this week with Howard Stern, Kimmel unveiled that he did cut out a joke about Rick Santorum and his wife’s actions following the death of their infant child:

“Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead, Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids.”

While Kimmel told Stern that he was not forced to clear any of his jokes with any member of the White House staff before going on stage, he did communicate with Jake Tapper of ABC News (along with other reporters) beforehand in order to ensure that the jokes he was telling were appropriate for the event’s audience. In the case of the Santorum joke, Kimmel was warned that it could could cause many in the room to turn against him.

Just in case you haven’t seen the video of Jimmy’s full routine in a while, you can check it out below. Do you think that he made the right choice in cutting out the Santorum joke?

Photo: ABC

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