Justin Timberlake Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel Live! with 'No Angels' Premiere

Timberlake shines with humor in unexpected late-night show twist.

by Nouman Rasool
Justin Timberlake Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel Live! with 'No Angels' Premiere
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Justin Timberlake, the acclaimed pop star and actor, dazzled audiences on Monday night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live! " with a surprise stint as the host, setting the stage ablaze with his charisma and humor. The 43-year-old entertainer, known for his seamless blend of music and acting, briefly commandeered the show's opening monologue, much to the delight of the audience and the bemused surprise of Jimmy Kimmel himself.

Dressed to impress in a white pinstripe suit jacket paired with a casual white T-shirt and black pants, Timberlake made a grand entrance on the ABC talk show's stage. With Kimmel momentarily out of the picture, Timberlake seized the moment, greeting the audience with a playful, "Hello, everyone.

Welcome to Jimmy Kimmel Live! I’m going to be your host tonight, Justin Timberlake," which was met with roaring applause. The Grammy-winning artist took a moment to reflect on the previous night's Oscars, humorously noting, "I haven’t seen that many stars since Joey Fatone elbowed me in the face!" referring to an incident with his *NSYNC bandmate.

Timberlake's effortless charm and wit shone as he navigated through his impromptu hosting duties, even joking about Kimmel's post-Oscars exhaustion, suggesting the host was "pretty beat" after the festivities.

Kimmel's Surprise Comeback

The unexpected twist came when Kimmel himself appeared on stage, feigning shock at Timberlake's takeover.

The exchange between the two was filled with playful banter, highlighting their rapport. Timberlake teased a missed opportunity for a unique monologue segment, humorously imagining a presidential debate rap battle impersonating Donald Trump and Joe Biden, showcasing his versatile entertainment skills.

The evening also served as a platform for Timberlake to introduce "No Angels," a new track from his highly anticipated sixth studio album, "Everything I Thought It Was," set to release on Friday. Performing alongside a full band bathed in vibrant red and yellow lights, Timberlake delivered a pulsating dance track that echoes the innovative sound of his seminal album, "The 20/20 Experience." In an interview with Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe, Timberlake expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming album, describing it as his "best work" to date.

The 18-track project promises to be a deeply personal and introspective journey for listeners, featuring a blend of honest lyrics and compelling melodies, including previously released singles "Selfish" and "Drown." As fans eagerly anticipate the release of "Everything I Thought It Was," Timberlake's surprise appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" underscores his multifaceted talent and enduring appeal in the entertainment industry.

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