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‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: Lapping Up the Guest Stars

Emmy-nommed helmer had to cool Robin Williams hot improv

“JKL” was nominated for writing, while director Andy Fisher was nominated for an episode featuring a spectacular casting stunt that had actor Matt Damon stealing the program from host Jimmy Kimmel. One guest, Robin Williams, came out on stage to help Damon tell jokes, and ended up giving Kimmel a lap dance while making an exit.

Fisher: “I planted that scene in Robin’s mind — ‘you could give him a lap dance, but you don’t have to….’ That sounded like a great idea. It was a much more explicit lap dance than we anticipated. There were a few changes we had to make. His lap dance was a little too hot for network TV. I can’t tell Robin Williams what to do, but I can plant a seed in his brain and hope it becomes a lap dance.”

Gary Greenberg, co-head-writer: “We do so many shows. There’s a pattern, all of our shows have this pattern, and all the teams are so used to that, (that) when you do these shows, you’re reinventing the wheel. You have to do the thing completely differently.”

Molly McNearney, co-head-writer, says: “He (Damon) was really involved. He came in a couple of days before, met with our executive producer and Gary and I. We gave him a general outline of things we wanted to do. We wanted to use celebrity guests and he was great and he had a couple of ideas of his own.”

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