Tale of Two Jimmies: Ben Affleck’s Bi-Coastal Late-Night Trick

by | October 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM | Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, TV News

Seein' double: Ben Affleck was seen Monday night with both Jimmy Fallon (top) AND Jimmy Kimmel (Photos: NBC, ABC)

Will the real Ben Affleck please stand up?

Sleepy-eyed late-night viewers may be excused for thinking they were seeing double Monday night when the actor/director turned up on two late-night shows airing practically simultaneously on two different networks.

Even more amazing: The two shows — “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC — originate from two different coasts.

So how’d Ben swing this? The short answer is: The “Fallon” show taped Affleck as normal — earlier in the day on Monday, in New York. It was the “Kimmel” show that had to pre-tape Affleck’s appearance — last week, while Affleck was still in Los Angeles. (Affleck was also seen on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday morning, in “GMA’s” studios in New York.)

The question is, though: How’d these two appearances happen to be scheduled on the same night? The late-night shows are very competitive when it comes to booking guests. An occurrence such as this one — in which a celebrity appears on two different shows on the same night — is so rare that we couldn’t recall another instance in which such a thing had happened on late-night TV (although such multiple appearances are not as unheard-of on morning television). Press reps for Kimmel and Fallon didn’t immediately reply to our questions about how this came to be.

Watch Ben Affleck on Monday’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”:

For fans of late-night TV, though, Affleck’s dueling appearances provided an opportunity to see how a celebrity handles it when he’s scheduled to appear on two late-night shows almost (but not quite) simultaneously (the two shows intersect for about 30 minutes).

He was on both shows for the same purpose: To promote his new movie “Argo,” a CIA thriller based in the 1970s that he directed (and also starred in). On both shows Monday night, both Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel gushed shamelessly over the movie, while Affleck regaled each of them with stories about the filming (much of which was done in Istanbul, Turkey).

Now watch Affleck on Monday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”: