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Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late night talk show created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on ABC.


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JKL Kermit co-host 1
September 29, 2003

Kermit the Frog begins a week-long stint as co-host with guests Evander Holyfield and Daryl Hannah.

JKL Kermit co-host 2
September 30, 2003

Kermit the Frog with Carla Gugino and Rascal Flatts.

JKL 2003-10-01 Kermit and guests

JKL 2003-10-01 Animal
October 1, 2003

Kermit the Frog with Bob Guiney, Jeff Ross, and skateboarder Mitchie Brusco. Animal sits in with the band on drums.

JKL 2003-10-02 Kermit and Sarah Silverman

JKL 2003-10-02 Statler and Waldorf
October 2, 2003

Kermit the Frog with Ted McGinley and Sarah Silverman. During the commercial bumpers, Statler and Waldorf appear to provide commentary on the show.

JKL 2003-10-03 Kermit and Dean Cain
October 3, 2003

Kermit the Frog with Dean Cain and Wade Robson. Kermit appears in a "tough guy" sketch with Christina Cindrich.

November 28, 2003

Kermit the Frog[1]

April 4, 2005

Grover appears to promote Happy Healthy Monsters on DVD following Tim Daly's criticism of Sesame Street for being too hyper. (transcript)

May 13, 2005

Appearing to promote The Muppets' Wizard of Oz premiere, Fozzie Bear appears with Ozzy Osbourne, and Rizzo the Rat appears in the audience while Fozzie performs a stand-up comedy routine. (transcript)


November 4, 2009

Oscar the Grouch appears in the cold open. Big Bird (Caroll Spinney) promotes Sesame Street’s 40th Season and can't remember when Laura Bush was a guest (Matt Vogel performed Big Bird in this segment for Episode 4032). Joshua Jackson shares the stage with Big Bird.


Jimmy kimmel live 2011
November 14, 2011

Miss Piggy appears to promote The Muppets and has a very brief interaction with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

JKL 2012-02-07 Buys an Oscar from Billy Crystal
February 26, 2012

Kimmel buys an Oscar from Billy Crystal and discovers that it's Oscar the Grouch. (YouTube)

March 21, 2012

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem perform "Can You Picture That?" with Travis Barker.

March 3, 2014

Gonzo appeared in promotion of Muppets Most Wanted.

March 4, 2014

Sam the Eagle appeared in a comedy segment with Guillermo Rodriguez.

JKL 2015-02-13 Cookie Monster Writes Jokes
February 12, 2015

Cookie Monster, promoting The Cookie Thief, appears in a sketch in which he writes jokes for the show with Kimmel. (YouTube)


Jimmy kimmel kermit piggy 2015
September 21, 2015

Kermit and Miss Piggy promote The Muppets in an interview with Kimmel (YouTube), and The Swedish Chef prepares chicken in the green room.

January 26, 2017

Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and The Count appear in a sketch where Kimmel creates a new letter/number. (YouTube)

Muppet mentions[]

  • In a 2005 segment in which Kimmel visits the set of Lost, the often rumored "monster" which terrorizes the island is revealed to be none other than (a giant) Cookie Monster who asks, "Anybody have cookie?"
  • The June 27, 2008 broadcast included a "Come and Play" Edition of their recurring Unnecessary Censorship segment. The montage unnecessarily censored clips from Sesame Street.
  • A 2009 sketch parodying the arrest of Bernie Madoff featured Cookie Monster explaining a Ponzi scheme by bilking Ernie out of his cookies.
  • Two 2009 sketches satirized the trailer of The Twilight Saga: New Moon: one featuring The Count as a new villain, and another featuring werewolf Jacob transforming into Mr. Snuffleupagus.
  • On the October 30, 2009 Halloween episode, Kimmel and his staff spent the entire episode dressed as Sesame Street characters. Kimmel dressed as Big Bird, his band, Cleto and the Cletones, included Ernie, Bert, Super Grover, Cookie Monster, Zoe, and the Count, Dicky Barrett the announcer dressed as Oscar, and security guard Guillermo was dressed as Elmo. Also on the episode, footage of Cookie Monster was re-dubbed in a satire of Celebrity Rehab.
  • On the January 15, 2010 episode, Kimmel talks about how Sesame Street characters are appearing in video games. This leads to a scene from a videogame of Grand Theft Auto and the title of the game is called, "Grand Theft Sesame Street.
  • On the January 29, 2010 episode, Kimmel talks about how Jersey Shore' is so popular that the characters are appearing in other TV shows. This leads to a hand puppet of Cookie Monster singing about Snookie to the tune of "C is for Cookie."
  • On the September 23, 2010 episode, Kimmel talks about Sesame Street's controversial Katy Perry video and replies while moms are complaining about Kate Perry's outfit, they never notice that most of the Muppets are naked. He also says that Sesame Street isn't innocent as it use to be and was shock when he saw a commercial for it's new DVD. This lead to a commercial of a show combined of Jersey Shore and Sesame Street called Sesame Shore.
  • February 18, 2011: Footage of Oscar the Grouch is dubbed by a JKL staffer and used in a "Name That Oscar Winner" segment. (YouTube)
  • On the March 3, 2014 episode, Kimmel aired a short film called David After Dentist Double Rainbow Oh My God! in 3D, parodying a variety of viral YouTube clips. While drugged out on dentistry drugs, David (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a fairy (Catherine Zeta Jones), and a flying hippie (Seth Rogen) sing "Rainbow Connection". Samuel L. Jackson also stars.
  • In a November 2014 "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" segment, Gwyneth Paltrow reads a tweet "Gwyneth Paltrow you ugly *** big bird looking *****, shut the **** up".
  • In an NBA edition of "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" segment, Dikembe Mutombo reads a tweet "if anything ever happens to the guy that does the voice of Cookie Monster...I can sleep at night knowing we have Dikembe Mutombo as backup."
  • On the February 18, 2016 episode, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tells Kimmel that he have always dreamed of being Big Bird. Kimmel then starts to list his favorites Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster and conclude that his absolute favorite had to be Cookie Monster. Kimmel also asks Nikolaj if he have been on Sesame Street. A short while later Kimmel talks about the U.S presidential campaign he says "we don't see these people as Muppets, we see them as our leaders", referring to the presidential candidates.
  • On the April 10, 2017 episode, Jimmy Kimmel talked about the teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. He then procesdes to show the teaser, however in between the real footage was clips from Fraggle Rock. The title turned out to be Thor: Fraggle Rock.
  • On the June 2, 2019 episode, LL Cool J and Kimmel talk about Big Bird's appearance on Lip Sync Battle. LL then mentions his favorite Sesame Street character is Cookie Monster.
  • In the November 15, 2020 edition of "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship", a clip from Sesame Street episode 4202 is used.
  • December 1, 2020: Kimmel refers to televangelist Pat Robertson as "the weird little Muppet."
  • January 14, 2021: In "This Week in Unnecessary Censorship", a clip from Sesame Street is used.
  • February 22, 2021: In the monologue, Kimmel labels Newsmax commentators "Diamond" and "Silk" as "Bert and Ernie with brain tumors."
  • February 23, 2021: In the monologue, a fake CPAC ad lists a variety of guests, including "Bermit, the Muppet Disney doesn't want you to see."
  • February 24, 2021: In a segment shown during the monologue, people are shown a photo of Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and asked who he is. Asked who he looks like, one young woman says "like Big Bird, a little bit. But in a manly way."
  • May 5, 2021: Listing Sean Combs' various names over the years, in his monologue, Kimmel suggests that the list includes "Puffleupagus, I think."
  • June 8, 2021: In a "Lie Witness News" segment, people on the street are fooled into congratulating the baby of Prince Harry and Meghan under false names. One man repeats the name "Muppet Killing Thing." (YouTube)
  • July 9, 2021: In the monologue, guest host Anthony Anderson presented a fake ad for Dozin' with Dikembe. The lullaby album included a review "It's like having Cookie Monster screaming into your baby's face for 45 minutes." (YouTube)
  • July 25, 2021: Web segment This Week in Unnecessary Censorship includes a clip from episode 5132, showing Abby, Rudy, and Alan.
  • October 27, 2021: The segment "COVID-Safe Halloween Costume Pageant" has a child dressed as Oscar the Fauch. (YouTube)
  • November 8, 2021: In the monologue, Kimmel referenced Big Bird tweeting that he had received a COVID-19 vaccine, and Ted Cruz's response that it was propaganda. The cover of Big Bird Flies Alone is modified to Big Bird Visits Cancun To Find Ted Cruz's Balls. (YouTube)
  • November 11, 2021: A clip from one of CNN's The ABCs of COVID-19 town halls is excerpted for This Week in Unnecessary Censorship. (YouTube)
  • November 15, 2021: In the monologue is a mention of Ji-Young's addition to Sesame Street. Kimmel says that it's "historic, as this is the first time Ernie has been touched by a woman." He wonders what race the other Muppets are: "Ernie's orange, Bert is banana colored. Bert has got to be white, like I mean only a white person would wear that turtleneck." (YouTube)
  • November 18, 2021:
    • In the monologue, Kimmel references the Conservative Political Action Conference "banning" the attendance of Sesame Street characters, in response to Big Bird's tweet about getting vaccinated. He then speculates on Muppet Show character political leanings; suggests that Miss Piggy is welcome back, after how well she did the previous year, showing an image of Ted Cruz; and that Sesame characters wouldn't be able to attend anyway, if Matt Gaetz was charged with sex offenses. (YouTube)
    • This Week in Unnecessary Censorship includes a segment of "Do the Turkey Gobble Wobble". (YouTube)
  • December 10, 2021: In the monologue, Kimmel plays a clip of Tucker Carlson's complaint that the federal government doesn't track statistics on Christmas tree arson cases. After the clip, Kimmel replies "Well for one, little snowflake, unlike the Qaran, Christians don't base our faith on pine trees. It's the reason we don't hang popcorn and Cookie Monster ornaments on the Bible." (YouTube)
  • March 14, 2022: Ribald two-year-old Tommy Brady Fitzpatrick appears to talk about Tom Brady's return from retirement. At the end of the segment, he asks for "a moment of silent prayer for Luis." (YouTube)
  • March 17, 2022: This Week in Unnecessary Censorship includes a clip of Count von Count and Maria. (YouTube)
  • October 24, 2022: In the malapropism segment Talkin' About the Movie with Yehya, Yehya Mohamed calls Hawkman "Big Bird." (YouTube)
  • April 27, 2023: Kimmel talks of Tucker Carlson's firing history, and suggests that his 2005 firing by PBS was due to calling Big Bird a "gay chicken."
  • January 31, 2024: Kimmel joked of the widespread response to @Elmo's viral wellness check on Twitter. (YouTube)


  • While tweeting about the red carpet arrivals at the Academy Awards, Uncle Deadly wrote, "Hmm. Perhaps after this I'll go to @JimmyKimmelLive to critique what people are wearing there too."[3]
  • At The Muppets Take the Bowl, Fozzie β€” desperate to make it to the stage to tell as many jokes as he can in two minutes β€” accidentally runs onto the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live, instead.

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