Jimmy Kimmel sure has some great friends. On Wednesday, John Mulaney and Andy Samberg took over for Kimmel, who is out after testing positive for COVID once again. “One day you don’t have to do anything. Then you get a text, and you have to do something,” joked Mulaney.
Last time Kimmel contracted COVID, Mike Birbiglia subbed in for Kimmel for over a week. This time, the duo of Mulaney and Samberg, who costar in the animated Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers reboot coming to Disney + May 20, entered the stage decked out in matching Jimmy Kimmel Live! merchandise and holding hands. “It is an honor and a favor to be here,” Mulaney said, after the pair introduced themselves as guest hosts. “Jimmy has contracted COVID again for the second time in 3 weeks,” explained Samberg, “and we’re thinking they should probably change the name of the show to Jimmy Kimmel Alive.”
Not only are Mulaney and Samberg guest-hosting the show in Kimmel’s absence, but they were also scheduled to be Kimmel‘s only two guests that evening. “So for any of you who don’t like what you’re seeing, buckle up because it’s not going to get any better,” quipped Samberg. “Coming up is more of this,” he said pointing to himself and Mulaney, “but way less fine-tuned.”
Mulaney explained why he and Samberg were both wearing head-to-toe Kimmel paraphernalia, including matching hats, hoodies, and fanny packs. “In all honesty, neither one of us can fit into our old suits right now. We’ve both put on a little weight since the pandemic and quitting cocaine thing,” joked Mulaney, referencing his recent journey to sobriety. He then pointed to Kimmel’s longtime sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, as the audience applauded. “Did you just point to Guillermo?” Samberg asked Mulaney. “He’s my sponsor,” Mulaney shot back. Glad to see Mulaney—and Jimmy Kimmel Live!—are in good hands.
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