April Fool! Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon pull off an epic hosting change for their late-night shows

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Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel pulled off an epic prank Friday in honor of April Fool’s Day. To mark the holiday, Fallon and Kimmel switched places for their respective late-night shows.

Kimmel, 54, surprised studio audiences and viewers watching at home by showing up in New York to host The show tonightwhile Fallon, 47, did the same in Hollywood hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

After a standing ovation from a shocked and excited crowd, Fallon simply said, “Hi, I’m Jimmy!” He then added, “Please, please calm down, you’re going to offend the other Jimmy!”

Fallon then referenced Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars on Sunday, saying, “I switched places with Jimmy Kimmel. Although, as far as the surprises you’ve seen on ABC this week, this one- this is far behind.”

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“I feel like someone opened up the late night multiverse!” Fallon said later, mimicking Spider-Man’s webbing moves.

Kimmel, meanwhile, introduced himself as Fallon on the Tonight’s show together, saying, “It’s a weird Friday tonight!”

After a few jokes, he asked the audience, “How many of you are disappointed?

When the pair of hosts later reunited via video chat, they revealed that they first devised the plan to switch places in April 2020, but that was of course put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and released their 12th studio album Unlimited love this week was the musical guest of the evening for both shows.

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This isn’t the first time Kimmel and Fallon have reunited for a collaboration.

In October 2019, the two late-night hosts teamed up for a comedic PSA in honor of Kimmel’s ABC show moving to Brooklyn, New York, for the week. In the clip, the two comedians attempted to clear up the common misconception that they’re the same person. However, they jokingly failed as they later revealed many of their shared similarities.

In September 2021, the pair also reunited, alongside fellow late-night hosts Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and Andy Cohen, to take part in the first-ever Climate Night. The event featured each host discussing climate change on their respective talk shows, with the aim of helping audiences learn more about the issue and encouraging them to get involved in the climate movement.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! premiered on ABC in January 2003. The show – which spins at the Hollywood Masonic Temple in Hollywood, California – is currently the network’s longest-running late-night talk show and also features security guard Guillermo Rodriguez and house band Cleto and the Cletones. .

Over the years, the show has been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards, including multiple nods for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, but has never won. It did, however, win a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Talk Show in 2017.

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premiered on NBC in February 2014, featuring Fallon, announcer Steve Higgins and house band The Roots. This is the seventh incarnation of Tonight’s show franchise while Fallon is the sixth host.

So far, the show has been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards and won two. In May 2021, NBC renewed the show for another five years.

Jimmy Kimmel livehosted by Jimmy Fallon, airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonhosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.