Donald Trump has rescheduled his “Jimmy Kimmel Live” appearance for Dec. 16, the night following his participation in CNN’s GOP debate.
Kimmel announced the news on his latenight show Thursday, a day after he ran a man on the street segment asking people to fill in the blanks to the statement “Donald Trump is the worst thing to happen to …” in regards to Trump’s recent threat toward ISIS.
This will also mark Trump’s first latenight stop since his recent controversial suggestion that the United States should stop Muslims from entering the country — something White House press secretary Josh Earnest said should “disqualify” him from running for president.
The polarizing, yet ratings-friendly Republican presidential candidate had previously been scheduled to be on the show in October, but cancelled at the last minute.
“I don’t know what happened,” Kimmel said on Howard Stern’s radio show at the time. “We’re delighted, needless to say.”
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