When I was in LA last week, we were able to see several teasers of upcoming ABC shows like one of my newest favorites, Nashville. It was very cool to be able to meet the two women who are the executive producers of the show, and even have a few minutes to chat with Eric Close. As much fun as that was, nothing prepared me for the laughing-so-hard-I-had-tears-streaming-down-my-face-fabulous-time we had watching the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. Oh. My. Word. First of all, we were put in a private room, with awesome Cinco de Mayo snacks and a bar.I mean, seriously, the evening was already pretty fabulous.
The food was amazing! I could honestly eat Mexican food every day!
Co-head writer Molly McNearney (Jimmy’s wife) and Executive Producers Jill Leiderman came in to chat with us about the show. Can you imagine writing this material? How fun would that be?
Kimmel has a few regular features that stars sometimes take part in as you’ll see in a minute. We chatted about how some stars prefer to do their own thing, but most are happy when there is a plan. They can just relax, and let Jimmy lead them. Don Rickles is one of their favorite guests. I totally see why! I saw him on the show not long ago and he is so stinkin’ funny! Kimmel is such a great host, too, knowing all the right questions to get his guests going.
Guillermo stopped in and said hello to all of us, which was a blast. He’s awesome on the show, and I love that he is so grateful for the opportunities he’s been given. I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago. But nothing prepared me for the shocker to come.
Sally Fields was Jimmy’s first guest. I have loved her since she was Gidget and the Flying Nun. I wish I had been able to meet her! As it was Cinco de Mayo, and evidently she had once done a shot of tequila with Guillermo, they decided to relive the moment by doing a shot on the set. It was actually probably great preparation for what came later, but check out this clip first: Jimmy’s next guest was Julia Roberts. Another of my all time favs. She and Jimmy talk Hollywood, hookers, and shorts. 🙂
Finally, what you may have already heard about, the celebrity curse-off with Sally Field and Julia Roberts. Let me tell you, the Flying Nun knows a few cursewords. It was mostly bleeped for your viewing pleasure. I thought Julia Roberts was adorable!
After the curse-off, we moved to another area so we could watch Kimmel’s musical guest, Future Islands, play one of their top songs, Dove.
It had been such a fantastic time, and we were ready to take a tour of the studio before heading out. It was really cool to be able to just look around at the set, checking out Kimmel’s desk.
And guess who walked in? We had not expected to meet Jimmy! What a great guy. Our publicist asked if we could get a group photo with him, and he said he’d rather meet each one of us. I’m telling you, this guy is the real deal. It’s easy to see why he’s so successful and so well liked.
Thanks to the staff at Jimmy Kimmel Live for making us feel so welcome, and so special. We had a fabulous time!
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