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From Debate Night to Late-Night: Buttigieg Set to Guest Host ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’


Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg may not be able to cross off becoming president of the United States off of his bucket list this year, but he will be able to cross off becoming a late-night TV host.

Buttigieg told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin that he will be guest hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” later this week. In the interview, he said, “We’re really excited for that, lining up a great slate of guests. Sir Patrick Stewart’s coming on.”

When asked if he would be delivering a monologue, the former presidential hopeful said, “Well hopefully some funnier minds than mine will be doing some writing for that. But I think it’s going to be fun.”

Watch the exchange below:

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Buttigieg recently dropped out of the race and proceeded to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden, as IJR previously reported.

He commented on the race saying, “The thing about coming off a presidential campaign is you have been focused on one thing and one thing only.” He continued, “It’s nice to be able to zoom out and come back at life.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) recently commented on Buttigieg’s departure, claiming the Democratic Party is to blame. He said Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D- Minn.) were “forced” out of the race as IJR previously reported.

Buttigieg isn’t the only former presidential hopeful making media appearances after dropping out.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) appeared on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend. Warren made a cameo appearance as herself during a parody of Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

Three candidates are left in the race to vie for the Democratic nomination including Biden, Sanders and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Biden currently leads the delegate count with Sanders in second and Gabbard coming in last. A crucial primary in Michigan is set for Tuesday.

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