(NEXSTAR) – Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel pulled the old switcheroo for April Fool’s Day.
Viewers who listened to “The Tonight Show” or “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” were treated to a surprise on Friday evening when the other Jimmy came out from behind the curtain to deliver the monologue.
“Hi, I’m Jimmy,” said Fallon, who was greeted by cheers from the studio audience at the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Hollywood where “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is saved.
“Please, please sit down. You are going to offend the other Jimmy,” he joked. “Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!”
In New York, Kimmel joked that at least some of the “Tonight Show” studio audience at NBC’s Rockefeller Center studios might be disappointed by his presence.
“By a show of hands, how many of you are disappointed? He asked. “Be honest.”
Both Jimmys were also set to cover each other’s signature tracks, with Fallon participating in a “Mean Tweets” segment (renamed “Sweet Tweets” for the night), and Kimmel writing Fallon’s “Thank you messages.”
Fallon’s guests for the evening included Justin Timberlake and Kimmel’s own Aunt Chippy (who apparently had no idea Fallon was going to host “JKL!”), while Kimmel hosted Hugh Jackman and comedian Bridget Everett. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were the musical guest on both shows.
Each show’s house band, however, remained with their respective city.
At the end of their respective monologues, the two hosts spoke via satellite to discuss how the prank unfolded.
“We’ve been talking about it for a long time, I was just saying [the audience]”, Kimmel told Fallon, explaining that the two conceived the idea in April 2020.
“I love that we did this. I can’t believe we made it. I really can’t believe it,” Fallon said.
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