Zap2it: With “Jimmy Kimmel Live” having marked its 2,000th show recently, what is it like now for the program to get a visit from someone on the order of Meryl Streep?
Jimmy Kimmel: When you’re looking for validation — which is probably the reason anybody gets into doing anything like this — you can’t really come up with better validation as a talk show host, or probably as a director or an actor either, than working with Meryl Streep.
Just the idea that she was open to slumming with us was something I never would have imagined 10 years ago, when we were pulling reality stars off “Are You Hot or Not?” and dragging them onto our stage.
Zap2it: How was it for you to have the whole, star-laden cast of the movie “The Monuments Men” on for a recent episode that also got a repeat in prime time several nights later?
Jimmy Kimmel: That one was especially special, for a few reasons. George Clooney (also the director of the film) was our first guest on the show, and that was the first time he’d been on since then. No. 2 was the Matt Damon “issue,” which I won’t bore everyone to death with again.
And No. 3 was Bill Murray, who is the top of the mountain for me. He’s somebody I’d really, really, really wanted to have on the show … and I wouldn’t say that I was awe-struck, but I clammed up. When he showed up, I went to say hello to him, and the first thing he did was fix my tie. I’m pretty sure I was blushing.