Kimmel took to Twitter Thursday evening to announce that his program, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” had booked porn star and erotic dancer Stormy Daniels for its Jan. 30th broadcast, slated to take place after Trump’s first State of the Union address to Congress. Daniels has been at the center of controversy since The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that a private attorney for Trump had paid Daniels $130,000 in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election to deny that she had an affair with the former real-estate mogul in 2006.
The State of the Union speech is slated to take place next Tuesday, January 30.
A spokeswoman for the program confirmed the show’s booking.
Viewers will likely tune in for the spectacle of the visit as well as to see if the actress will say anything about the situation in which she has found herself.
Other late-night shows have also announced special programming for the night. CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will broadcast live, allowing the host to offer fresh commentary on the address. Colbert normally tapes the program in the late afternoon and early evening. Both “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” and “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper” will air live episodes after Trump’s speech as well, marking the first time Klepper’s program has tested the format.
TV’s late-night programs are essentially reviving a technique that worked for many of them during the 2016 election. The staff of “Daily Show” did live broadcasts on the final nights of both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, after the presidential and vice presidential debates, and on Election Night in 2016 — six in all. NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” did a live broadcast after the Republican National Convention and CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” used live broadcasts to attention-getting effect during the campaign. Executives at “The Late Show” and the network credit the live programs with helping the program find its voice in a roiling political era. Bill Maher also got in on the act, doing extra episodes of “Real Time” on HBO.