Mean Tweets with a twist! Jimmy Kimmel debuted his new format talk show segment on Monday, Sept. 21, inviting Kristen Bell, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jeff Bridges into his studio to read out some pretty extreme mean tweets in front of his talk show audience.
Talking to his audience, Kimmel explained that the advent of Twitter has totally changed how celebs and their fans interact. There are plus sides, he said, but as he discovered when negative reactions to his Emmys 2015 joke about Matt LeBlanc started to pour in, there are also some definite downsides.
“Twitter has made it easy for famous people to interact directly with their fans, which is nice,” Kimmel explained. “But it also makes it easy for people to tell you how much they hate you, and with that said, we’re going to do something new this week.”
The plan? Celebrities will come onto the show in person every day this week, to read their latest mean tweets out loud to the studio audience (where Jimmy Kimmel will also be sitting for the duration).
Bridges, Bell, and Cumberbatch were the celebs on hand on Monday, to help put Kimmel’s new mean tweets format into action.
“Am now convinced Jeff Bridges is a crazy f–ker and not in a cool way,” Bridges, 65, read slowly, in his trademark contemplative manner. “Just in a disturbed hobo shouting at sparrows on sidewalks way.”
“Very interesting critique,” he replied to his Tweeter. “I will take that to heart.”
Next up, Bell, 35, whose mean tweet left her literally speechless.
“Kristen Bell seems like such a bitch, her vagina is probably an Alcatraz for penis,” she read out, before smiling, winking, and leaving the set.
But it was Cumberbatch, 39, who had the ultimate comeback to his mean tweeter, who evidently didn’t believe the British actor had much going for him in the looks department.
Watch the video above to see how Cumberbatch put his tweeter firmly in his place.
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