March 9th, 2020 – Pete Buttigieg may not have landed the Democratic presidential nomination, but he has secured a gig for one night: guest-hosting for Jimmy Kimmel. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana will make his late-night debut on Thursday while Kimmel is hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Buttigieg made the announcement on the Today show this morning during an interview with Craig Melvin. Amid questions surrounding his exit from the campaign and endorsement of Vice President Biden, he talked about future plans (which could include running for president 10 more times and still being younger than the current candidates). Buttigieg gave the typical answers of traveling around to thank supporters and spending time with his husband but then announced the quick dip into comedy.
“So we’re really excited for that — lining up a great slate of guests. Sir Patrick Stewart’s coming on — we’re very excited about that.”
On the campaign trail, Buttigieg was known for delivering Obama-esque speeches but didn’t quite draw people in with a lot of great one-liners. That role most likely went to Andrew Yang. When asked if he was going to deliver the monologue, Buttigieg eagerly said yes but quickly clarified that he would be relying on the pros.
“Hopefully some funnier minds than mine will be doing some writing for that. But I think it’s going to be fun,” he told Melvin.
Buttigieg announced an exploratory committee for the presidency on January 23, 2019, and made the official announcement for the nomination on April 14. Spending over a year on the campaign trail obviously left little room for anything other than an eventual move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He said this next opportunity, however different from his normal life, is a welcomed change.
“You know, the thing about coming off of a presidential campaign is you have been focused on one thing and one thing only. It’s nice to be able to zoom out and just come back at life.”
Mayor Pete’s foray into the world of comedy comes on the heels of fellow candidate Elizabeth Warren who, this past weekend, did a guest-spot on Saturday Night Live.
While Warren’s performance got mixed reviews — some people loved it while others lost their minds over the fact that she took some time to be playful before making an endorsement — keyboard warriors haven’t slammed him for not focusing on defeating Donald Trump. They are simply wondering…why?
Headline says “Pete Buttigieg to Guest Host ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!” WOW. I am just so darn excited to watch this landmark comedy extravaganza. Mark your calendars folks. This is an event you will tell your grandchildren about. Ugh.