Jimmy Kimmel carved another notch in his belt Thursday when he was visited by the First Lady of the United States — another first for him in his apparent campaign to claw his way to the top of the late-night heap.
Kimmel had never hosted Michelle Obama on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” before, though she’s been on some of the other late-night shows — most notably “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”
The fact that she chose to visit “Kimmel” while she was in L.A. this week is a sign to us that Kimmel’s access to A-list guests is gaining strength as he prepares to move his show’s start time to 11:35 p.m. eastern time, beginning Jan. 8 — directly opposite Jay Leno and David Letterman.
Of course, her husband, President Obama, appeared on the “Leno” show just the night before, so it’s possible she chose “Kimmel” as a way to spread the First Family around in these crucial days before the election Nov. 6. The President’s also been on “Letterman” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” but never on “Kimmel.”
Still, the First Lady’s appearance on “Kimmel,” punctuated by her conversation with Jimmy about how they sat together last spring at the White House Correspondents Dinner that Kimmel emceed, was symbolic of Kimmel’s rising status as an insider among the media and power elite.
Did the First Lady make actual news on the “Kimmel” show Thursday night? Not really — but we recommend you watch her appearance anyway — above — at least to see how Kimmel handled this high-profile guest.