Jimmy Kimmel unveils star-studded guest hosts for summer shows

The talk show is rolling out some serious talent this summer.
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Jimmy Kimmel has become a late night institution. He's been the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! since 2003, and thanks to his network, ABC, he's been able to secure some of the most talented guests in the world on a weekly basis.

Kimmel's own connections in the comedy world don't hurt. He had the good fortune of having some of his industry friends step in as guest hosts whenever he takes his summer hiatus. Jimmy Kimmel Live! will continue this schedule in 2024 with an absolutely-stacked lineup of guest hosts filling Kimmel's shoes.

Martin Short will be the first guest host in June

Martin Short
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THR reports that ABC will take a revolving door approach to the guest hosts, and swap them out during Kimmel's time away. Given the talent they were able to secure, we can't say we blame them. Martin Short will be the first to sit in the chair, as his tenure begins June 24.

The legendary comedian and former SNL star will get a chance to host musical appearances from the likes of Imagine Dragons, Beck and Jelly Roll, while also making time to bring on his Only Murders In the Building co-stars, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez. The timing of the latter could not have been more perfect.

Other comedic talents who will occupy Kimmel's chair include Kathryn Hahn, Anthony Anderson, Kumail Nanjiani and Lamorne Morris. Anderson and Morris are actually Jimmy Kimmel Live! alum, having filled in the for the titular host in seasons prior.

Ryan Reynolds & Hugh Jackman will also host

Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds
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The most exciting, and impressive guest hosts are undoubtedly the movie stars. Jeff Goldblum will step in as a guest host, as will Deadpool & Wolverine stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman. The latter duo is a major coup, and one that makes sense given that ABC is owned by the same Disney corporation who owns Marvel.

Jimmy Kimmel first took a summer break in 2020, and assured fans that it merely done so he could spend more time with his family. "I’ve been doing this job for almost 18 years," he said in a statement. "I’ve done 3,130 shows. And there’s nothing wrong, my family is healthy, I’m healthy, I just need a couple of months off."

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