Jimmy Kimmel gets Hollywood star, Matt Damon episode a hit (Videos)
It was a VERY happy Friday for Jimmy Kimmel on January 25 -- he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and earned record ratings for a special episode of his late-night ABC talk series "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that was hijacked by Matt Damon and featured a slew of top celebrities.
The show showed the host bound and gagged as the actor, a butt of a joke used on the program for years, took over hosting duties and welcomed top celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Robin Williams, who playfully gave Kimmel a lap dance, as well as Demi Moore, longtime collaborator and Oscar winner Ben Affleck and Kimmel's ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman.
The episode, which aired on Thursday, January 24, earned a 1.23 rating among adults between ages 18 and 49, beating NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," which earned a 0.76 rating, and CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," which received a 0.56 rating.
The episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" also earned a 2.92 rating among viewers of all ages, marking the best performance for the show since it was moved half an hour earlier to 11:35 p.m. to compete with the latter programs.
(Check out 9 highlights from Matt Damon's hijacking of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" as well as PHOTOS from the episode, which aired on Thursday, January 24.
Kimmel talked to OTRC.com about the show after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located just outside the studio where he films "Jimmy Kimmel Live!."
"The reaction to Matt Damon hosting the show has been phenomenal," Kimmel said, joking: "It seems like it'd probably be better if he hosted the show every night and we're going to repeat that show in primetime on Tuesday night because a lot of people seemed interested in it but not interested enough to have watched the first time."
The encore episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," renamed "Jimmy Kimmel Sucks" and featuring Damon as the host, will air on Tuesday, January 29, at 10 p.m., an hour and a half before the show's regular time.
At his star ceremony, Kimmel was joined by his family, his fiancee Molly McNearney, his longtime "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez and friend Carson Daly, a fellow talk show host who was an intern on his former radio show and appeared in his 2003 cult film "Windy City Heat." In his speech, the host gave a special shoutout to his late Uncle Frank, who died in August 2011 and was a recurring guest on his ABC show.