Monday afternoon, news quickly spread of Jimmy Kimmel’s COVID diagnosis. Comedian Mike Birbiglia will replace Jimmy Kimmel on his long-standing Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show.
“Our daughter brought us COVID (even though we specifically asked her not to),” Kimmel tweeted after his COVID diagnosis was made public. “All feeling fine, I am double vaxxed and boosted but the show must not go on. Apologies to @TomCruise & @iliza and thanks to Mike Birbiglia @birbigs who’ll be filling in for me starting tomorrow night.”
Birbiglia quickly addressed the situation with his signature humor, tweeting, “I must be the first person to ever deplane a Southwest Airlines flight and find out they’re guest-hosting a late-night talk show. Sending love to the Kimmels. See you on the TV tomorrow, friends.”
Monday’s guests include Parquet Courts and Tom Cruise, while Tuesday will be Ilizea Shlesinger and Mike Myers. Wednesday guests on top are Ben Schwartz, Ewan McGregor, and The Head and the Heart, while the week is set to end on Thursday with Hannah Einbinder and Kevin Hart.
Jimmy Kimmel’s not the only late-night host to catch COVID. Last week, Stephen Colbert also announced he had tested positive for COVID.
“Yep! I tested positive for Covid, but I’m feeling fine- grateful to be vaxxed and boosted,” Colbert tweeted. “Thank you for the well wishes. This just proves that I will do anything to avoid interviewing Jason Bateman.”