Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelStephen Colbert is bringing back his live audience Fox News late-night show 'Gutfeld!' nears top of ratings race Jeff Bezos roasted for buying yacht so big it comes with smaller support yacht MORE is lamenting how quickly the country tends to "forget about these tragedies" in the wake of the weekend’s deadly mass shootings.

The host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" addressed tackling political issues and often-somber current events on his ABC show during a Television Critics Association event Monday in Los Angeles.


"[President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE] handles everything beautifully as we know," Kimmel quipped when asked about the shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "It's horrible, and I think now there's an expectation that late-night talk shows will address these horrible things."

The pair of attacks left more than 30 dead and dozens more wounded.

"I wish we didn't have to, but nobody is doing anything about it at all," Kimmel, 51, continued. "We seem to forget about these tragedies nationally four days after they happen."

"I don't have any thoughts that are new or groundbreaking and usually by the time we get on the air there's been 24 to 48 hours of news coverage to just remind people that 97 percent of Americans believe that we should have background checks for purchases at gun shows and our politicians don't seem to care about what we think anymore," Kimmel said. 

A Quinnipiac University poll released in February found that 97 percent of those surveyed said they support requiring background checks for all gun buyers, with 2 percent opposed.

Kimmel said that he can’t simply ignore the news of the day on his late-night show.

"I wish I could. It's hard for me to talk about serious subjects, it takes a lot out of me. I want to be funny and it's not fun doing anything like that," Kimmel said.

"People, when they watch a late-night TV show, they feel they know you more than any other format and they want to know what you think in the same way that when you interact with your friends, you want to know what they think about things. I wish we didn't have to do it so frequently.”

Kimmel has been a frequent critic of the president, whom he called a "monster" during his comments Monday. In May, Kimmel pressed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when she appeared as a guest on his show about what more she needed to see in order to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.

Pelosi has resisted growing calls from the left to impeach the president, pushing instead for continued oversight and investigation of his administration.