April Fools for fans of late-night Jimmys! Fallon, Kimmel finally pull off 'top secret' prank.
No need to adjust your television set. The late-night Jimmys really were on the wrong coasts.
Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel switched shows to celebrate April Fools' Day on Friday. Fallon, who hosts NBC's "The Tonight Show," was seen in Kimmel's Los Angeles studio while Kimmel, who hosts "Jimmy Kimmel Live," performed his monologue from New York City's 30 Rock studio.
"I switched places with Jimmy Kimmel, although, as far as surprises you've seen on ABC this week, this one's a distant second," Fallon said referring to the much-talked-about Oscars broadcast on March 27.
The late-night hosts' shows are in direct competition as they air weekdays at 11:35 p.m. EDT/10:35 p.m. CDT.
"This is something we've been planning for years, it was a top secret operation," Kimmel said.
Kimmel and Fallon said they first thought of the idea to swap shows in April 2020.
Kimmel's "Tonight Show" takeover included comedian Bridget Everett and actor Hugh Jackman while Fallon's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" featured artist Justin Timberlake (who dressed as actor Matt Damon). Red Hot Chili Peppers was the musical guest for both of the shows.
"Thank you @JimmyFallon and the wonderful staff & crew at @FallonTonight. It was an #AprilFools dream come true. XO – The Other Jimmy," Kimmel tweeted Saturday.
Many viewers shared their delight with the swap on social media.
"Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel switching places is the best April Fool's prank! I cannot believe they pulled it off! I was not expecting this. I love it! Brilliant idea!" @TheRealAJ_ wrote.
"Incredible April Fools joke and I'm shocked the networks allowed it," sports reporter Zach Borg wrote on Twitter.
"LOL, just turned on Jimmy Kimmel and was very confused as to why Jimmy Fallon was on ABC," @05HAWKI wrote. "Then it occurred to me what day it was and immediately switched to NBC to verify Kimmel was hosting the Tonight Show and he was. Well done."