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Jimmy Kimmel: Florida Is ‘America’s North Korea’

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Jimmy Kimmel called Florida “America’s North Korea” during a recent broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.

The comedian went after the Sunshine State, and particularly Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, for the state’s recently announced “python challenge,” where participants win prizes for capturing large snakes in an effort to protect the Everglades wetlands.

“In America’s North Korea, the Sunshine State, from time to time, we enjoy taking a look at what’s going on, and tonight, we are doing it again in a Gov. DeSantis edition of ‘This Week in Florida,'” Kimmel said before playing a clip of DeSantis announcing the challenge, prompting the comedian to joke that “all the prizes are pythons.”

DeSantis praised the python challenge as instrumental in “protecting, restoring and preserving the Everglades for future generations.”

“At my direction, the state has taken unprecedented steps to increase python removal, including hosting the Python Challenge annually, and expanding access for python hunters to 134,000 acres of state parks and the Big Cypress National Preserve,” he continued. “As a result of our efforts, [Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission] had a record year for python removal in 2020, and has now removed more than 13,000 pythons since… (Read more)