Entries in Jimmy Kimmel Live (14)


Matt Damon Kidnaps Jimmy Kimmel, Hijacks His Show

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday night's installment of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Matt Damon finally got even after years of being reportedly "bumped" by the host. 

He bound and gagged Jimmy Kimmel and then proceeded to take over the show he retitled Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!.

Damon not only farmed out the monologue to Robin Williams, he replaced Kimmel's security guard/sidekick Guillermo with Andy Garcia donning an identical uniform and aping his thick accent.  Damon replaced band leader Cleto Escobedo with Sheryl Crow -- who later debuted her new single "Easy" -- and featured videotaped well-wishes from stars like Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey and others.

Ben Affleck -- who according to a classic Kimmel gag had a relationship with Kimmel -- tried to rebel against Damon by slipping flattering cue cards about Kimmel into Damon's opening, then crying out in anguish as he ran off stage, "Forget it, Matt!  I couldn't do it to Jimmy!"

Damon, linked to Affleck since their youth, then screamed, "He doesn't even love you like I love you!"

With Kimmel gagged in the background, Damon first embarrassed Kimmel by revealing lost audition tapes, revealing Kimmel's animosity stems from losing every big role Damon has had to the Oscar winner.  Kimmel was shown blowing try outs for movies including Good Will Hunting and the Bourne films.

Later, Damon welcomed Oscar winner Nicole Kidman to the show for the first time.  Although she grinded herself on the incapacitated host, she told Damon she never appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! because he's not classy.  She also admitted she's a kleptomaniac -- something she felt she could never share with Kimmel.

In short order, Damon then welcomed Oscar nominee Gary Oldman -- who insisted a Gary Oldman impersonator had appeared on the show in his stead in the past.  Amy Adams followed, insisting Kimmel "slipped me the tongue" during a previous "horrible" interview on the show.

As the studio's couch filled with celebs, Damon said you could throw a rock and hit a celebrity in Hollywood, and outside the studio, Garcia proved that by hitting Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and then Demi Moore, who was looking much younger than the last time many had seen her.

Damon also welcomed his former flame -- at least according to another Kimmel gag -- and Kimmel's ex, Sarah Silverman, who admitted her relationship with Kimmel was like eating hot dogs on the street, then being nauseated by having had them.

Things are looking up for Kimmel, however: on Friday he not only gets his show back, but he also gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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'Burst Blood Vessel' Stops LeAnn Rimes from Singing on "Kimmel"

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- LeAnn Rimes' planned performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday evening was apparently pulled at the last minute because, according to the host, the singer burst a blood vessel in her vocal cords.

Rimes did sit down for a chat with Kimmel and explained she had a bout with allergies that required her to get an injection in her nose, and that her doctor put her on strict vocal rest.

"I'm not supposed to be talking," she told Kimmel, "but I'm talking to you."

Rimes revealed she was using a dry erase board to communicate at home, and said she was going on two weeks of vocal rest as soon as the interview was over.

Rimes did manage to talk about her ongoing spat with Brandi Glanville, the ex-wife of Rimes' husband Eddie Cibrian, with whom Rimes had an affair that led to the ends of their previous marriages.

On Bravo's Watch What Happens Live! Monday night, Glanville called Rimes "insane," and Rimes tweeted back for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star to "KMA" -- shorthand for Rimes telling Glanville to kiss her backside.

Kimmel asked Rimes why she even bothered to respond.

"You have a little something that...none of the Real Housewives...have," Kimmel said.  "You're talented."

Rimes explained, she often doesn't take the bait, but, "There comes a time where you're just like, 'Screw You.'...and that's all you want to say...And then you're like, 'I'm done with this for another three months.'"

Rimes recently released "What Have I Done," the first single from her upcoming album Spitfire, due out April 9.

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Jimmy Kimmel Shines "Bright Like a Diamond" in New Time Slot Debut

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday evening, Jimmy Kimmel steered his 10-year-old late-night show into some competitive comedic waters, bringing it on a collision course with Jay Leno and David Letterman at 11:35 p.m. Eastern time.

ABC moved Jimmy Kimmel Live! into the Nightline time slot and shifted the ABC News program to 12:35 a.m.

NBC execs made good on a plan to bump The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to 11:34 in response -- a move Kimmel sarcastically called "interesting" earlier in the week -- but Leno, who Kimmel recently called a "sell-out," made no obvious mention of the switch.

On CBS' The Late Show with David Letterman, Kimmel's comedy idol, Letterman, welcomed JKL! saying, "Come on in, Jimmy!  Why should we have all the fun here?"

Paul Shaffer echoed the well-wishes, saying "Change that landscape, Jimmy!"

During his monologue, Kimmel thanked ABC execs for their "vote of confidence," saying he doesn't take the responsibility lightly, "especially now with a Kanye West/Kim Kardashian baby on the way.  This is the time when I shine bright like a diamond."

Kimmel's first guest was his pal Jennifer Aniston, who not only smashed what she thought was Kimmel's old desk with a sledgehammer, but also shared pictures of a vacation she took with Kimmel, her fiancee Justin Theroux, and another Kimmel pal, John Krasinksi from The Office.

Aniston, who cut schoolmates' hair as a youngster, also gave Jimmy a trim.   

No Doubt was his musical guest, blasting out "Push and Shove," the title cut from their new album, as well as an older favorite, "Hella Good."

Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s guest lineup for the rest of the week includes Ryan Gosling, Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.

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"Jimmy Kimmel Live" Debuts in New Time Slot Tuesday Night

ABC/MICHAEL DESMOND(NEW YORK) -- After 10 years, Jimmy Kimmel is ready to go head-to-head with late-night legends Jay Leno and David Letterman.

On Tuesday his ABC late-night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, makes its debut in its new time slot, 11:35 p.m. ET, where it will directly compete against NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.

Kimmel says he's excited about leaving his old midnight time slot because, he explains, his staff is now "refocused on the show...and people are working a little harder."

Leno is actually bumping up his show a minute early, to 11:34, in response to Kimmel's move. 

Kimmel's reaction: "I think that's an interesting move....Maybe that will help.  Maybe it will squash us.  Who knows."

Kimmel says there won't be many changes to his own program, aside from a possible facelift to his set.

He concedes it will be a "bit weird" for him to face off against Letterman, his childhood idol, for a full hour.  Kimmel likens the late-night battle to a baseball fan stepping up to the plate against Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.

He elaborates, "Even if you had all of Nolan Ryan's baseball cards and his poster on your wall, if he's pitching to you, you have to try to hit it.  And he might throw one at your head."

Kimmel's guests during his initial episodes in the 11:35 time slot will include Jennifer Aniston -- who's on Tuesday night -- Ryan Gosling, Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.

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NBC Exec: "Tonight Show" Won't Change Despite Kimmel's Move

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- NBC isn't worried that Jimmy Kimmel is moving his ABC late-night show to an earlier time slot this Tuesday.

Jimmy Kimmel Live will begin airing at 11:35 p.m. Eastern time, the time slot currently occupied by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC and Late Show with David Letterman on CBS.  At Kimmel's current midnight time slot, he has only opposed Jay Leno and David Letterman for about a half-hour.

Paul Telegdy, the president of late night and alternative programming for NBC, says his network has survived other changes to the late-night landscape in the past.

He says, "I don't know if Jimmy Kimmel is planning to radically change his show as part of the move, but if it's the same show at a different hour, I think that we've lived through a number of those transitions."

Telegdy does know that Leno won't make any changes to The Tonight Show in response to Kimmel's move.  He says Leno and executive producer Debbie Vickers "consistently just put out a terrific, terrific show.  Week in, week out."

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David Letterman Wishes Jimmy Kimmel Good Luck in New Time Slot

Ray Tamarra/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday's edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! from the host's hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., featured Kimmel welcoming his comedy idol David Letterman.

While the interview was what you may expect from an admitted Letterman fanboy -- Kimmel showed Letterman pictures of his Late Night birthday cake and his first car which had a vanity plate reading "L8 Night" -- it also included Letterman wishing Kimmel luck in his move to an earlier time slot that will put him opposite both Letterman's Late Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“I wanna wish you the best of luck when you move the show.  I think it will be exciting, I think you're going to be perfect at 11:30...I think it's going to be great, and I couldn't be happier to have you in the running,” Letterman told Kimmel.

ABC is moving Jimmy Kimmel Live! to the 11:35 p.m. time slot on Jan. 8.   ABC News' Nightline will shift to 12:35 a.m.

During Wednesday's show, Kimmel kept insisting that he and Letterman hang out, something the notoriously private Late Show host is reportedly hesitant to do with many celebrities.  When Letterman admitted he likes fly fishing, Kimmel invited him on a fly fishing trip with pal Huey Lewis, but Letterman didn't take the bait.

"Just move in with me for a month," Kimmel pleaded, after Letterman turned down offers to join a Wiffle or softball team.

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Jimmy Kimmel Returns to Brooklyn to Tape Late Night Talk Show

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn-born funnyman Jimmy Kimmel braved Hurricane Sandy to bring his show to the borough that bore him, and on Tuesday night, the first installment of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! to tape at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater aired.

Kimmel welcomed the hometown audience saying, "I was born in Bay Ridge, I grew up in Mill Basin, and tonight I have returned to save my people from the storm."

In a pre-taped segment, Kimmel returned to his old neighborhood, reunited with his then-best friend, confronted -- then reconciled with -- their former bully, and ate a family meal with the folks who live at his old house.

The storm forced Kimmel to cancel Monday's scheduled taping, though his original guest lineup remained unchanged. 

In studio, Kimmel welcomed Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and and musical guest Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.

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"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Plans to Go Ahead Despite Storm

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! will still tape this week’s planned shows at the Brooklyn Academy, despite Hurricane Sandy.  A rep for the show tells Entertainment Weekly that back-up generators will be available to the production team.

The rep further indicated that the staff would be flown in from Los Angeles in time to beat the storm.

Scheduled guests include David Letterman, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and the Avett Brothers.

Brooklyn-born Jimmy Kimmel has already filmed some segments of the shows in advance.  He'll be at the Brooklyn Academy all week.

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Simon Cowell Says Britney's 'Sweet,' "X Factor" Will Have Two Hosts

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- On Wednesday's installment of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Simon Cowell and his new fellow X Factor judge Britney Spears dished about their experiences so far on the show.  Cowell also dished that Khloe Kardashian is still in the mix as a possible host of the show -- and she might have a co-host.

In the sweeping interview, Cowell and Spears talked about what they thought of each other before they "met" on the phone, with both admitting to be surprised.

Spears said of Cowell, "I thought he was kinda rude," from his onscreen persona.  "But I talked to him on the phone and he was a total sweetheart."

Cowell then joked he was surprised, too, saying, "She was sweet and humble, and...her reputation was completely different."

As for Kardashian, Cowell said rumors she's in the running to host The X Factor were accurate.

"She's in the loop," he admitted, saying her inexperience is exciting.  "That's why I like doing live TV, because I like that the idea that things can go wrong."

On the topic of hosts, Cowell revealed that two are planned, telling Kimmel, "Well, we'll have two." 

When Kimmel responded, "Oh, you will have two?," Cowell replied, "Oh, for sure."

When Kimmel switched the discussion to Cowell's private life and asked about a claim in a book that he uses black toilet paper in his house, the X Factor judge surprisingly confirmed he did.  Cowell said an interior designer who worked for him ordered the black TP and he keeps it in a downstairs bathroom.

Cowell and Spears also participated in a "game show" bit in which Kimmel questioned them about how well they know each other.  The most shocking moment came when they were both asked to identify a part of the other person's body that they find the sexiest.  With their answers written on large cards, Spears said Cowell's chest hair, while he cited the singer's t**s.

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ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Moving to 11:35PM in January

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- The late-night wars just got a bit more interesting.

ABC announced Tuesday that it is moving Jimmy Kimmel Live to the 11:35 p.m. timeslot early next year, a move that will put Jimmy Kimmel right up against NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman.

"Given the passionate fan base Jimmy Kimmel Live has built over the past decade and the show’s ratings and creative momentum this season, the time is right to make this move," Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said.

The reshuffling also means that ABC News' Nightline will get a new start time of 12:35 a.m.

Jimmy Kimmel Live debuts at its new timeslot on Jan. 8 while Nightline will make its move on Jan. 9.

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