Jimmy Kimmel’s week in Brooklyn got off to a rough start, but Wednesday’s show may just have made up for all the storm business: He finally got the chance to meet his idol, David Letterman.
The “Late Show” host made the journey from the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn on Wednesday, a seven-mile trip that took him an hour and 25 minutes, thanks to Sandy-induced gridlock. It was a rare crossover appearance for Letterman, and his first-ever visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Kimmel made no effort to play it cool. In his introduction, he described Letterman as not only “the main reason I got into television” but also “the main reason I got a television.”
“I am more excited that he's here tonight than I am able to explain,” he said. To prove what a fanboy he is, Kimmel pulled out pictures of himself as a teenager blowing out candles on a Letterman-inspired birthday cake and of his car, with its “L8 NITE” vanity plate.