Chris Pine was a “last minute” no-show on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, but Kathy Griffin was on hand to save the day. The comedian, who was recruited Wednesday (September 21) to fill Pine’s spot, joked about the actor’s absence and told the audience that Pine skipped Kimmel’s show because he was afraid to talk about drama surrounding his new movie. don’t worry baby.
After Kimmel greeted Griffin and introduced her to the audience, she stopped the pleasantries and got straight to work.
“Look now – let’s not BS the audience. I’m here, as usual, because a more famous person dropped out,” Griffin said bluntly.
“But understand this, it was Chris Pine, who Harry Styles spat on. So he doesn’t want to be here and get these [Kimmel] give him the questions,” she continued, with Kimmel confirming, “you’re replacing Chris Pine.”
Styles was accused of spitting on Pine during the don’t worry baby premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, and after the moment sparked an absolute internet frenzy, Pine’s rep was forced to release a statement denying the “complete fabrication” and the “ridiculous story”.
Now, back to Griffin, who joked that she was specially chosen because of her own drooling career history, and told Kimmel, “But here’s the thing, the reason you called me is, you know I’ve been spitting my whole career, and I was even spat on by Harry Styles once and here I am!”
He asked, “No – you got spat on by Harry Styles?” to which Griffin joked, “I asked him that. I asked him.”
Kimmel softened the piece by saying to his guest, “I don’t think there’s a greater compliment for a guest than the idea that we know you’re always ready. You’re like a gunslinger. You’re like a box of spaghetti in the closet and you’re like, it’s always good.”
While Griffin joked that Pine skipped Kimmel’s show for tough questions about don’t worry baby, his absence might have caused even more drama for the controversial Olivia Wilde project. The film has been embroiled in controversy for the past month and after photos of Pine looks bored and uninterested? While wandering on Twitter at the Venice Film Festival a few weeks ago, his lack of promo last night doesn’t exactly convince us he’s not quite out of the movie. According to Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411, Pine also declined “to participate in a live Q&A for Don’t Worry Darling on IMAX Monday night. The rest of the cast, except Florence Pugh, participated from the Manhattan location, including Styles and director.” Olivia Wilde, who sat on either side of the set up chairs.
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on ABC. Watch Griffin’s full appearance in the video above.