Chris Pine was a ‘last minute’ non-host on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, but Kathy Griffin was there to save the day. The comedian, who was called in to fill Pine’s spot on Wednesday, September 21, joked about the actor’s absence, telling the audience that Pine was skipping Kimmel’s show because he was afraid to talk about the drama surrounding his new movie, don’t worry darling.
After Kimmel greeted Griffin and introduced her to the audience, she ended the banter and got into it.
“Now look – let’s not be BS the public. I’m here, as usual, because a more famous person had a fight,” Griffin said bluntly.
“But get it, it was Chris Pine, who Harry Styles spat on. So he doesn’t want to be here and get this one. [Kimmel] giving him the questions,” she continued, as Kimmel confirmed, “You replace Chris Pine.
Styles was accused of spitting on Pine during the don’t worry darling premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, and after the moment caused an absolute internet frenzy, Pine’s rep was forced to issue a statement denying the “complete fabrication” and “ridiculous story”.
Now back to Griffin, who joked that she was chosen specifically because of her own slobbering career history, telling Kimmel, “But here’s the thing, the reason you called me is, you know I’ve been spat on my whole career, and in fact, Harry Styles even spat on me once. And here I am!
He asked, “No – you were spat on by Harry Styles?” to which Griffin joked, “I asked him. I asked him.
Kimmel sweetened the deal by telling her guest, “I think there’s no greater compliment for a guest than the idea that we know you’re ready anytime. You are like a sniper. You’re like a box of spaghetti in the cupboard and you’re like, it’s always good.
As Griffin joked that Pine skipped Kimmel’s show to avoid tough questions about don’t worry darling, his absence could have sparked even more drama for Olivia Wilde’s beleaguered project. The film has been mired in controversy over the past month, and after photos of Pine looks bored and disinterested at the Venice Film Festival swirled on Twitter a few weeks ago, his lack of promo last night doesn’t exactly convince us that he’s not been written out of the film entirely. According to Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411, Pine also “refused to participate in a live Q&A for Don’t Worry Darling with IMAX on Monday night. The rest of the cast, with the exception of Florence Pugh, participated from the Manhattan location, including Styles and director Olivia Wilde, who sat at opposite ends of the lined up chairs.
Jimmy Kimmel live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m./10:35 a.m. on ABC. Watch Griffin’s full appearance in the video above.