Tonight Jimmy Kimmel guest hosted The Larry King Show. After Dr. Phil, Nancy Grace and a host of other guest hosts over the years, Kimmel was a tremendous relief. Kimmel tempered his seriousness with a no-nonsense curiosity. Unlike Jon Stewart, whose persona can venture into self-importance, the suspender-clad Kimmel merely asked tough, common sense questions. The topic of the show was celebrities and paparazzi. Kimmel even got a lot out of perennial news program guest, attorney Mark Geragos. Kimmel’s quip: “the lawyer looks good next to the paparazzi”. Following Kimmel’s natural host-appearance, King called in from vacationing in San Francisco to praise Kimmel, saying he would like to add the comedian to the list of regular substitute hosts.
Particularly interesting was a colloquy between Kimmel and Emily Gould, the editor of Gawker. Kimmel fired a flurry or examples of inaccurate reportage on the site. Gould’s lame reply was that readers don’t go to Gawker with the expectation of truth. Kimmel also took Gould to task for the Gawker Stalker function, which lists the locations of celebrities close to real time. At this, Geragos entered the discussion predicting an act of violence against a celebrity abetted by the site. He added that the site would be taken for a lot of money. He was not, exactly, volunteering to take the case.
I haven’t been a big fan of Kimmel’s over the years, but he has a tremendous authentic quality that makes for a terrific talk show host.