Googler beware! Jimmy Kimmel may not seem like the bad boy type, but according to a new study from security software company McAfee, his name could be hazardous to the health of your computer. The late-night host, 46, was just named the No. 1 “Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity of 2014,” which is a splashy way of saying that searching for him online carries a high risk of landing on an unsafe page.
In fact, McAfee reports, you have a nearly 1 in 5 chance of clicking on a site “that tests positive for viruses and other malware” when you search for videos and downloads of the comedian.
Kimmel — who, according to a press release, is only the second male to top the list in the last eight years, behind Brad Pitt in 2008 — joked about the news on his show this week. “It’s an honor just to be nominated, but to win this thing…” he quipped during his monologue on Tuesday, Sept. 30.
He went on to note some of the other celebs in the rather random Top 10, including DJ Armin van Buuren (No. 2) and Britney Spears (No. 7). “Usually it’s a woman on top of the list,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live star said. “The only other male celebrity to wind up No. 1 was Brad Pitt in 2008, so there’s one more thing Brad Pitt and I have in common. The price of being sexy, I guess.”
He added: “You hear that, every girl in the school who wouldn’t go to the prom with me, which was every girl in the school? Who would have guessed that a boy who used to carry a briefcase to junior high and played the clarinet would end up being the most dangerous person of 2014?”
Other familiar names on the list include Ciara (No. 3), Flo Rida (No. 4), Bruce Springsteen (No. 5), Blake Shelton (No. 6), Jon Bon Jovi (No. 8), Chelsea Handler (No. 9), and Christina Aguilera (No. 10). Kimmel replaces last year’s most dangerous celeb, Mirror, Mirror star Lily Collins.
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