A record low 26.5 million people watched the Oscars on Sunday and Trump says he knows why: “We don’t have stars anymore.”
“Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY,” the president tweeted Tuesday morning. “Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!”
The 90th Academy Awards dropped in viewership roughly 20 percent from 33 million, according to a Nielsen report. Various media reports say the length of the show contributed to the decline, while others highlighted the smaller films winning the biggest awards.
This year’s Oscars, which has always been somewhat political, didn’t go without the late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and others taunting the president.
He made a few jokes ranging from Hope Hicks’ resignation to the president’s tweeting habits. “Where there is light, there is always hope. Except at the White House. Hope quit on Wednesday,” Kimmel said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rapper Common also criticized the president and the NRA during his performance Sunday night. “These days we dance between love and hate. … A President that trolls with hate. He don’t control our fate because God is great. When they go low we stay in our heights. I stand for peace, love and women’s rights,” the rapper said.