Late-night television viewers were probably checking the time on Friday.
To honor April Fools’ Day, hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon switched places, taking over each other’s shows, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kimmel took over “The Tonight Show” in New York and interviewed Hugh Jackman and Bridget Everett, the entertainment outlet reported. Fallon hosted “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in Los Angeles with special guest Justin Timberlake and Kimmel’s Aunt Chippy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared as the musical guest on both shows, the website reported.
The studio audiences attending each broadcast were not told about the switch, according to Variety.
Fallon has had some fun fooling audiences before. In 2018, he and Stephen Colbert used the same opening segment on “Tonight” and CBS’ “The Late Show,” Variety reported. Those segments showed the two hosts and Conan O’Brien poking fun at former President Donald Trump and some of the terms he used to describe various late-night hosts, according to the entertainment site.
When Fallon came out for the monologue on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” he teased, “Hi, I’m Jimmy,” before telling the cheering studio audience, “Settle down, you’re going to offend the other Jimmy.”
Fallon referenced the Will Smith slap of Chris Rock during last weekend’s Oscars, noting that “For surprises on ABC this week, this one’s a distant second,” and confessing that he was entering the “late-night multiverse.”
Fallon said that he and Kimmel had been discussing the prank for four years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I love that we did this -- I can’t believe we pulled it off,” Fallon said. “Jimmy and I wanted to have some fun with people mixing us up all the time.”
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