Politics are polarizing, especially when celebrities are involved.
Compared to late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel's eponymous show had been less critical of the current administration (though he's never been afraid to make fun of President Donald Trump or members of his inner circle). But it became impossible to avoid discussing political matters after Kimmel's son was born with a rare congenital heart condition in May. At the time, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) saw an opportunity and appeared on various cable TV news shows. With any new healthcare proposal, Cassidy said he would ask, "Does it pass the Jimmy Kimmel Test? Would a child born with congenital heart disease be able to get anything he or she needs that first year of life? I want it to pass the Jimmy Kimmel Test."
Kimmel was grateful to have someone else looking out for children facing similar issues, so he invited Cassidy on his show. "Thank you for naming a test after me! I always figured if I'd have a test named after me, it'd be for some embarrassing, sexually transmitted disease," he joked. After their conversation, he said, "Obviously, this is someone who cares about people's health."