On Jan. 24, Matt Damon hijacked the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show and got his revenge for a long-running joke. For years, Kimmel has thanked his guests and added, “Our apologies to Matt Damon. We ran out of time.” Matt Damon played along on Thursday by duct taping Kimmel to a chair and running his entire show. Damon’s monologue was hilarious and earns this week’s honors as the funniest TV video clip. Be sure to watch the video below for a good chuckle.
Matt Damon opened his monologue, with hostage Jimmy Kimmel looking on from backstage, by saying, “Welcome to tonight’s episode of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Sucks,’” He then asked the audience, “Just for starters, is it weird to see a person with actual talent host this show?” He panned, “Jimmy has bumped me from his show 1,205 times for ten years every night. I wait in that green room and every night Kimmel apologizes to me. If you bump a man long enough, a time will come when he bumps you back. I am in command of this ship. Tonight, good triumphs over evil. I am Luke Skywalker and Kimmel is the Death Star,” Damon added during his monologue.
To make his point, Matt replaced Kimmel’s sidekick Guillermo Diaz with Andy Garcia and bandleader Cieto Escobedo with Sheryl Crow, who played along and said, “I got this.” Ben Affleck held up cue cards for his pal, but ran off the stage shouting, “I couldn’t do it to Jimmy!”
Matt Damon hosted the entire hour and was joined by a host of Hollywood heavyweights, all as Jimmy Kimmel looked on helplessly from his chair. Robin Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reece Witherspoon, Demi Moore, Sally Field and Don Cheadle played along to praise Matt Damon and pan Jimmy Kimmel. In fact, Kimmel’s couch was crowded with stars that he was never able to land as guests.
The entire "hijacked" show was very funny and Matt Damon hit a grand slam. Jimmy Kimmel was gracious, but silent throughout, and a very good sport. It’s almost certain that he will fire back on Friday to keep the long-standing feud alive and well.
Interestingly enough, when TMZ asked Jimmy why he always says that Matt Damon was bumped, he replied, “For no good reason.” He revealed that a star as big as Matt Damon would never be scheduled to appear at the end of the show where he could be bumped.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs Monday-Friday at 11:35 p.m. EST on ABC.
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