Black-ish star Anthony Anderson has some famous names in his cell phone, and while visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live Friday night he gave one of them a call on the air: Donald Trump.
After Anderson told the late-night host about his golfing days with then-businessman, Kimmel had questions. âWould you consider him a friend, an acquaintance, someone you know?â asked Kimmel. âI can call him on the phone right now. Iâm not gonna say Iâm his friend,â said Anderson. âHeâs just a dude I know who happens to be President now.â
Kimmel took the phone part seriously, asking if the pair could call the 45th president live on the air. After waiting for a pickup, there was no luck, but Anderson used his signature humor to lighten the mood. âHey man, clean out your mailbox! Weâre trying to call!â Kimmel wasnât done with the random celebrity calls, though, and after learning Oprahâs number was in Andersonâs phone, she became the next target.
âIf the screen just suddenly goes to black itâs because Oprah had us destroyed,â said Kimmel. Sadly, her phone went to voicemail as well, but the duo was at least able to leave a message. âHey Auntie O, Iâm sitting next to Jimmy Kimmel, weâre doing the show live,â said Anderson. âI was kind of hoping youâd pick up the phone right now. I was trying to impress him and the audience.â
While Anderson didnât watch the inauguration, his hit ABC series has been candid about the 2016 election, with an entire episode devoted to the events. â[Executive Producer/Creator Kenya Barris] wasnât going to write anymore this season just because he has other things heâs working on, and when Trump was elected he felt compelled to write this episode, and I think did a masterful job at it.â
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.