The 54-year-old ABC host revealed on Thursday that "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" threatened to leave

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Jimmy Kimmel claims he was ready to quit if his bosses at ABC stopped him from making jokes about Donald Trump

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Kimmel said concern was “hinted at” by executives “right around the beginning of this whole Trump thing,”

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Network research finds they have lost more than half their fans - as he began making more jokes about the former reality star

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Kimmel said at the time that even after his popularity fell in some circles, he did not want to avoid making jokes about Trump

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Kimmel said "Ten years ago, among Republicans, I was the most popular talk, show host"

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Kimmel, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" are hosting

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Kimmel's contract with ABC to last until 2023

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