On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel made merry with Michelle Obama on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” He played straight man to the First Lady, who appeared in a pre-taped segment (watch below) to promote her new healty eating initiative FNV. The fun came from Kimmel who mistook the “F” in the acronym, which stands for “fruit,” for the four-letter word (and, yes, the “V” is for “vegetable”). This video, which went viral, shines a spotlight on the show right in the middle of Emmy voting.
Kimmel’s ABC late-night talker contends for the fourth year running for Best Variety Series. He was bested by Jon Stewart on his first bid in 2012 and then by Stephen Colbert for the past two years running. Could all that change this year thanks to Kimmel’s savvy Emmy episode submission?
Kimmel entered his “After the Oscars” special for viewing by Emmy voters. This fun hour featured a sit-down with guest John Travolta and taped appearances by Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Eddie Redmayne, Lupita Nyong’o, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges and Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris.
This year’s Best Variety Talk Series race is one for the record books, as Kimmel faces off against three shows no longer on the air that have all won this award multiple times: “Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Colbert Report” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Many of our odds-makers are voting for one of those three to prevail, but they’re split on which show will actually receive the goodbye hug from Emmy voters.
Hmm, might there also be a vote split amongst members of the TV academy? If so, that could result in a stalwart like Kimmel claiming the Emmy instead of one of his dearly departed competitors. The remaining shows in the running to win Best Variety Talk Series are “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Even if Kimmel loses the Emmy this year, there’s still hope for him to stand behind the podium of an awards show … at the Oscars. Many people think Kimmel has a great shot of hosting the upcoming 88th Oscars since it also airs on ABC. What do you think? Vote in our Oscars poll here.
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Photo: Jimmy Kimmel & Michelle Obama. Credit: ABC