Damon 'hijacks' Kimmel's ABC show - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Damon 'hijacks' Kimmel's ABC show

Posted: Updated:
© This frame grab image provided by ABC shows a scene from the Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 Jimmy Kimmel show. © This frame grab image provided by ABC shows a scene from the Thursday Jan. 24, 2013 Jimmy Kimmel show.

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Damon had his revenge.

The butt of a long-running joke on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the actor opened Thursday night's show as a kidnapper who tied Kimmel to a chair with duct tape and gagged him with his own tie.

"There's a new host in town and his initials are M.D.," Damon said. "That's right, the doctor is in."

For years, Kimmel has joked at the end of his show that he ran out of time and was unable to bring Damon on as a guest. Kimmel was the silent one Thursday, watching from the back of the stage as Damon did his job.

Damon tormented Kimmel by bringing on a succession of big-name guests. Robin Williams stopped by to finish the monologue. Ben Affleck had a walk-on role. Sheryl Crow was the bandleader and performed her new single. Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon and Demi Moore all crowded the talk show's couch.

"I've been waiting for this moment for a long, long time," Damon said. "This is like when I lost my virginity, except this is going to last way longer than one second."

Damon's guest hosting turn came at a key time for Kimmel. ABC earlier this month moved the show to 11:35 p.m. ET and PT after a decade of airing it a half hour later, putting him in direct competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman.

Thursday's special program aimed for the same water-cooler status as a memorably lewd short film Damon made for the show a few years ago with Kimmel's then-girlfriend, Sarah Silverman. It went viral and remains probably the best-known skit in the show's history.

To twist the knife even further, Damon brought Silverman on as his final guest Thursday night, with Kimmel looking on forlornly as she likened their five-year relationship to an unfortunate trip to a hot dog vendor.

"Is there anything you'd like to say to Jimmy?" Damon asked.

"No, I'm good," Silverman replied.

Then came the sweetest revenge of all, with Damon promising to ungag Kimmel in the show's final minutes.

"Wait," he said. "I'm sorry. We're out of time."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • 'Veronica Mars' starring Kristen Bell gets revived by Hulu

    'Veronica Mars' starring Kristen Bell gets revived by Hulu

    Thursday, September 20 2018 1:58 PM EDT2018-09-20 17:58:32 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 7:30 AM EDT2018-09-21 11:30:27 GMT
    (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Kristen Bell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Hulu has ordered eight new one-hour episodes of Bell's "Veronica Mars" series that premiered...(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Kristen Bell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Hulu has ordered eight new one-hour episodes of Bell's "Veronica Mars" series that premiered...
    Veronica Mars has another mystery to solve. Hulu has ordered eight new interconnected one-hour episodes of the series, starring Kristen Bell, that premiered in 2004 and aired on UPN for two seasons and The CW for one. 
    Veronica Mars has another mystery to solve. Hulu has ordered eight new interconnected one-hour episodes of the series, starring Kristen Bell, that premiered in 2004 and aired on UPN for two seasons and The CW for one. 
  • J Balvin leads Latin Grammy noms with 8 nods, 1 with Beyonce

    J Balvin leads Latin Grammy noms with 8 nods, 1 with Beyonce

    Thursday, September 20 2018 10:38 AM EDT2018-09-20 14:38:16 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 7:30 AM EDT2018-09-21 11:30:12 GMT
    (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, J Balvin appears at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas.  Ozuna and J Balvin lead nominations to the 4th Latin AMAs with 9 nods each, followed by Nicky Jam w...(Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this April 26, 2018 file photo, J Balvin appears at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas. Ozuna and J Balvin lead nominations to the 4th Latin AMAs with 9 nods each, followed by Nicky Jam w...
    Reggaeton star J Balvin received eight Latin Grammy Awards nominations Thursday, including one with Beyonce for their hit "Mi gente" with Willy William. 
    Reggaeton star J Balvin received eight Latin Grammy Awards nominations Thursday, including one with Beyonce for their hit "Mi gente" with Willy William. 
  • Fox-Comcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK

    Fox-Comcast battle to buy Sky to be settled by auction in UK

    Thursday, September 20 2018 5:28 AM EDT2018-09-20 09:28:17 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 7:20 AM EDT2018-09-21 11:20:39 GMT
    British regulators say that the corporate battle between 21st Century Fox and Comcast to take over broadcaster Sky will be settled by auction. 
    British regulators say that the corporate battle between 21st Century Fox and Comcast to take over broadcaster Sky will be settled by auction. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.