Late-night TV viewers got a big surprise Friday when, in honor of April Fools’ Day, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon swapped places, taking over each other’s shows for the night.
To the amazement of the audience at the studio as well as the audience at home, Kimmel took over Tonight’s showinterviews with Hugh Jackman and Bridget Everett, while Fallon appeared in Los Angeles to host the show Jimmy Kimmel Live! with special guests Justin Timberlake and Kimmel’s Aunt Chippy. The Red Hot Chili Peppers made musical guest appearances on both shows.
The Hollywood Reporter in the crowd in Kimmel (hosted by Fallon) recording, in which the audience is unaware of the swap until Fallon steps onto the stage to begin the show, with the cameras rolling. As the crowd rose to their feet, Fallon teased, “Hi, I’m Jimmy,” and as the cheerleaders continued to joke, “Calm down, you’ll insult another Jimmy.”
After a series of monologue quips (“For this week’s ABC surprises, this is a distant moment,” in reference to the Sunday Oscar drama and feeling like he’s stepping into “multiple late-night universe”), Fallon admitted “we worked really hard to keep this a secret,” explaining that the two hosts had been discussing the prank for four years.
After the monologue, the duo had a live check-in, with Kimmel on the set of Fallon’s 30 Rock and Fallon on the set of Kimmel’s Hollywood Boulevard. “I love that we did this – I can’t believe we succeeded,” commented Fallon, noting that the inspiration was “Jimmy and I wanted to have some fun with people mixing them up.” me all the time.” A video they shot earlier this week highlights that point, as the two turn to staged photoshoots with fans, and some don’t even seem to notice the difference between them.
During the ad break, Fallon took to the mic to explain more of the behind-the-scenes details to LA audiences, recalling when he told a fan for 20 minutes how she loved his show. how much, only for her to comment at the end. how she just met Jimmy Kimmel. But Tonight’s program The host also said, “I can’t be mistaken for a better guy.”
Timberlake appeared as the first guest of the night, posing as Kimmel “enemy” Matt Damon in the first segment. Wearing a Boston Red Sox hat and shirt, Timberlake answered questions as Damon about his family and career, and at the end of Kimmel’s desk paint spray painting “I Love Matt Damon.”
Fallon’s star and close friend returned for the second segment as himself, but first, Fallon – with his longtime career relationship with NBC – taped a commercial for the evening show. that day, teasing, “We’re doing commercials and this is going to air on ABC? I can’t even tell you how happy this makes me.”
Timberlake returned to making “Sweet Tweets” with Fallon, a nicer version of Kimmel’s signature Mean Tweets bit; in NYC, Kimmel also participated in Fallon’s Thank You Notes segment. Kimmel’s Aunt Chippy, who was unaware of the host swap, was also taken out, as she yelled about her nephew’s consistent prank, “There’s no end; it never ends.”
When the show ended, Fallon thanked the show’s screenwriters and producers for “a lot of work that helped with this,” and before leaving the stage, he once again told the audience: fake in the studio, admitting, “I’m nervous coming out here, like what if they boo me?” However, he received quite the opposite reaction and added: “Tonight was real. is fun.”