Jimmy Kimmel Addresses Clay Aiken’s PEOPLE Cover

updated 09/24/2008 AT 3:20 PM ET

originally published 09/24/2008 AT 8:00 PM ET

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Clay Aiken may have taken his decision to come out on the cover of PEOPLE seriously, but funnyman Jimmy Kimmel found some light-hearted humor in the revelation.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, the host joked during the opening monologue, “The big story today – yeah, I know there’s an election going on, and a war, and the economy’s a mess, but each of those stories takes a backseat, if you will, to this cover of PEOPLE magazine: Clay Aiken is gay. That’s right.”

“You know what, I had a feeling he was. I did – although he made no mention of this at all at our fantasy football draft.”

The comedian then showed a parody cover featuring season two American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and the cover line: “Yes, I’m Black!”

On a more serious note, Kimmel said he was happy for the singer, but then cracked he feared for Aiken s fanbase: “I hope the Claymates, God bless their souls, don’t take this too hard. If it’s any consolation, there’s no way he could have married all of you anyway.”

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