Jimmy Kimmel’s and Matt Damon’s (fake) hatred for each other is still some of the must entertaining stuff on late-night television. On Monday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the ABC host explained “SNL” casting the “Good Will Hunting” star as its Brett Kavanaugh for this past weekend’s season premiere.
“Kavanaugh’s testimony rubbed a lot of people the wrong way,” Kimmel said. “In fact, he was so unlikable, ‘Saturday Night Live’ had no choice but to cast the most repugnant actor in the world to play him over the weekend.”
“What a surprise that Matt Damon would have no other plans on a Saturday,” he added.
Watch the Kimmel video above.
Damon was excellent as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Saturday’s cold open. Catch that here.
And if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid all of this real-Kavanaugh stuff but are feeling uninformed, well, John Oliver dedicated an entire episode of “Last Week Tonight” to the judge. It’s worth a watch, and it’s here.
On Thursday, Kavanaugh and accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford each testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and offered starkly differing narratives. Ford said that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her while drunk at a party during the early 1980s. Kavanaugh said that he did no such thing and wasn’t at the event that Ford described.
Over nine hours, both offered passionate, raw and emotional testimony from their respective positions. Many senators were visibly torn by the spectacle and a general bipartisan consensus on cable news noted that it would be extremely difficult to ascertain the absolute truth based on the testimony alone of either witness.
On Friday, the committee voted 11-10 to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation to the Supreme Court. The vote went exactly as expected, with all 11 Republicans voting in favor and each of the 10 Democrats opposing the recommendation.