Not only did he kidnap Jimmy Kimmel — gagging him with a tie and duct-taping him to a chair — but the Oscar-winning actor completely took over the host’s late-night ABC talker on Thursday night.
“There’s a new host in town and his initials are M.D.,” Damon said in the opening monologue of the show, which he renamed Jimmy Kimmel Sucks. “That’s right, the doctor is in…. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long, long time. This is like the time I lost my virginity, except this is going to last way longer than one second.”
And he brought along a slew of A-listers to help him in the hijacking, which follows a long-running faux feud between Damon and Kimmel.
Jennifer Lopez, Sally Field, Robert De Niro, Don Cheadle, John Krasinski and Oprah Winfrey all appeared in a video applauding Damon for dethroning Kimmel for the evening. Others played a part in the actor’s Ap on stage: Ben Affleck served as a cue-card boy; Sheryl Crow replaced the in-studio band leader; Andy Garcia sat in as his sidekick; and Robin Williams helped him bring his monologue to a close.
As for guests, Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Demi Moore all crammed in on the talker’s couch, before Demon brought out his final guest solo, Kimmel’s ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman. And all along, a tied-up Kimmel was banished to the back of the stage.
Damon’s takeover comes at a prime time in terms of publicity, as the show moved this month into the same timeslot as CBS’ David Letterman and NBC’s Jay Leno.
The bad blood between Damon and Kimmel dates back to the the third season of the talk show host’s ABC show, when he made a tradition of saying, “Apologies to Matt Damon, but we ran out of time,” at the end of each episode, despite the actor never being booked to appear.
Then when Damon finally sat down on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he cursed out the host before storming off stage. And in 2008, Damon teamed up with Kimmel’s then-girlfriend Silverman in a YouTube clip, in which she revealed to Kimmel: “I’m f***ing Matt Damon.” But as recently as November, Kimmel had no plans of sitting down with the A-list actor anytime soon.
“Matt Damon is unwelcome on my show,” Kimmel told Celebuzz. “We have standards and he does not meet them.”
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