For 10 years, the Matt Damon was the brunt of Jimmy Kimmel's end-of-show joke -- that the host had run out of time to bring him on.
To get even, Damon "kidnapped" Kimmel, bound him to a chair, and then forced the host to watch as he took over the show. He even renamed it "Jimmy Kimmel Sucks."
"As an audience, is it weird to see a person with actual talent host this show?" he asked as the crowd roared.
Kimmel had to watch from the back of the stage as Damon brought on one A-list star after another. Andy Garcia replaced Guillermo as the sidekick.
Sheryl Crow took over as band leader.
The evening's glittering guests included Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, and Demi Moore.
Even Kimmel's parents called Damon "the son we always wanted."
Damon also gave Kimmel's ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman, with whom he made the viral video "I'm F------ Matt Damon," a chance to address the host. "No, I'm good," she declined.
Only one celebrity seemed to be on Team Kimmel.
"[Kimmel is] funny, he's smart, he's good to his family, he's an excellent lover … wait, what's going on here? I didn't write any of this!" Damon said, then spied his old Boston pal Ben Affleck holding up the cue cards. Affleck and Kimmel got (very) close filming "I'm F------ Ben Affleck" as a follow-up to the Damon/Silverman video.
"Oh, come on man!" Damon cried, as the "Argo" director shrugged.
Check out some of Damon's other zingers; then see how the Twitterverse reacted to the show's hijacking:
- "This is like the time I lost my virginity, except this is going to last way longer than one second.
- "Jimmy Kimmel is to late-night talk show hosts what Magic Johnson is to ... late-night talk show hosts."
- "This is unbelievable -- it took Jimmy 10 years to accomplish what I just accomplished in 90 seconds."
- To Kimmel: "Is there anything you want to say before we wrap things up? Wait, I'm sorry, we're out of time."
Matt Damon hosting "Jimmy Kimmel Sucks" last night was pure hilarity and magical goodness. #JKL— Adam Halpin (@adamhalpin) January 25, 2013
Matt Damon finally took down Jimmy Kimmel. This is quality television. #SoFunny— Hunter Coleman (@HunterSColeman) January 25, 2013
this just made me spit up laughing more than twice. amazing. i love matt damon so much. es.pn/W4CNvM— Mike Barash (@maringuy) January 25, 2013
One of the best hours of television ever. A+ to Matt Damon for being a big celebrity and actually having a sense... fb.me/UofWY2WR— Burr Martin (@burrmartin) January 25, 2013
Matt Damon taking over Jimmy Kimmel 2 words pure genius!! Loved it. Laughed so hard almost pee'd my pants!!!— Melissa Burke (@lildevilmother) January 25, 2013
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