On Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel announced that he will be taking the rest of the summer off. Following a two-week hiatus, guest hosts will fill in until he returns.
“I’m taking the summer off to spend even more time with my family,” said Kimmel. “I’ve been doing this job for almost 18 years, I’ve done 3,130 shows and there’s nothing wrong – my family’s healthy, I’m healthy, I just need a couple of months off.”
The news came as quite a shock to one celebrity in particular, Matt Damon. Since 2005, there has been a recurring joke that Matt Damon is waiting backstage to come on the show but can’t because they always run out of time. In fact, Jimmy ends every show by apologizing to Damon.
Damon, wearing a bathrobe and sipping what appears to be some sort of whiskey, entered from a room behind Kimmel during the vacation announcement. Damon was upset because he said he’s been waiting in that room for three months to be on the show.
The hilarious bit ended as Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, was seen sneaking out of Damon’s room. When Kimmel confronted Damon over why his wife was in the room, Damon knowingly replied, “Why do you think she was in the room?”
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.
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