Kimmel may have landed the night’s best bookings for the third and final POTUS debate of this election cycle: political-fact-challenged Libertarian presidential candidate (and debate non-invitee) Gary Johnson, Debate 2 online sensation Ken Bone, as well as actress Gal Gadot.
Kimmel’s ABC late-night show has been clever about inserting itself into the presidential election cycle, making headlines when he got Bernie Sanders to challenge Donald Trump to a debate in May. Trump initially accepted, only he demanded a network pony up $10-15M for the privilege of broadcasting – which he promised would go to charity. Chatter about the debate dominated cable news for more than a day, with even Hillary Clinton having to take questions about it from CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer.
Kimmel’s an old pro at broadcasting JKL live, having done 11 live broadcasts, to date, following his network’s annual Oscar broadcasts: