Matt Damon Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel Live

Matt Damon (foreground) and Jimmy Kimmel

updated 01/25/2013 AT 6:00 AM ET

originally published 01/25/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET

Matt Damon more than made up for his decade of being bumped from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Declaring “I am in command of this ship,” Damon not only hijacked the show Thursday night, but he brought along a little big-name help.

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Robert De Niro, Don Cheadle, John Krasinski and Oprah Winfrey all played a part.

Andy Garcia sat in as sidekick. Sheryl Crow led the band.

And where was Kimmel? Oh, he was there, all right: gagged and tied on the back of the set, as Damon took over.

“Just for starters,” Damon told the ecstatic in-studio crowd, “let me ask you guys this: As an audience, is it weird to see a person with actual talent host this show?”

Admitting he’d been waiting a long time to do this, Damon – before turning his monologue over to Robin Williams – struck a personal note and said, “This is like the time I lost my virginity, except this is going to last way longer than one second.”


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