Matt's final words when presenting the award: "Please welcome somebody who is undeniably two things: my very old friend, and a very young Master."
Part of Ben's response: "I want to say thank you to Matt Damon, who, when he gets this award, I hope will invite me here to give a speech like him. I will be a bit more verbose, because so many of the brilliant characteristics of Matt are so blatantly self-evident. Matt Damon actually is... we traffic in these adjectives and in hyperbole in this business an awful lot, so it's rare to actually know a genius, and I know that Matt is a genius because I know and I've known him for more than 30 years and I've seen him do about everything you can do, including we've played sports together, I saw him in the shower, which is why I know it's in my speech, because you don't roast somebody who has seen you in the shower. But what I've seen about Matt is who he really is, so I know, and I've seen what I have considered to be the entire range of his personality, his emotions, his life experience and all that, is that when I go see a movie that Matt's in, I see a fully realised, particularly nuanced, completely complicated person. Who not only have I never met, I have never even seen, not for a second. I am humbled, and I am completely blown away. Matt talked about directors... there are a lot of things I would have cause to envy Matt over, the one thing I probably envy him the most is Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, the Coen brothers... a whole shitload of directors who are geniuses... Clint Eastwood, twice, Cameron Crowe, it goes on and on. Matt has worked with basically all the great directors who can still get up out of a chair. And the reason why is because they are great directors and they can recognise greatness, and they've seen it in Matt, and so have all of you, and so has America, and so have international film-going audiences, and so have I." [Matt here interrupts him with 'Who is the one getting this award Ben?' to audience laughter, and Ben's joking response isn't caught on the audio.] "I am lucky because I saw it before all of you, so thank you very much to Matt."
Scott Feinberg @ScottFeinberg
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Claudia Puig @claudiapuig
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Kristopher Tapley @kristapley
Great speech by Damon.
Awww. Ben Affleck’s acceptance speech is all about thanking his presenter: Matt Damon.
TV Guide Magazine: How much time did Matt have to prepare?
Leiderman: The day before the show, Matt came in and gave us a full day of walking through the set, experiencing what it would be like to drive his own show and doing field pieces. Much the same way Oprah did when she gave us a full day as well for our Oscar special last year. He threw himself into the operation and wanted to soak up everything that we did and was game for anything we wanted to do. It was 48 hours of crunch time when it became a circus, but a very exciting circus.
TV Guide Magazine: Did he do a test show? Did you give him talk show pointers?
Leiderman: He did a dry run at our rehearsal and did jokes for the staff and crew to see what played well and what didn't. And Matt himself read up on all the research we gave him on each guest so that he would be well versed and be able to throw his own material in. What you saw on the show was an amalgam of Jimmy's ideas, the writers' ideas and Matt's input as well.
TV Guide Magazine: For someone who had never hosted a talk show before, how do you think Matt did?
Leiderman: I thought he was great. Moments before he went on, I looked at him and said, "OK, now's the time when you get to go and enjoy yourself. Go out there and have a great time."
TV Guide Magazine: Talk about the guests. How did you manage to attract so many A-listers at the same time?
Leiderman: Our talent bookers worked around the clock. Matt himself chipped in and called friends. There were friends of Jimmy's on the show, friends of Matt's, friends that they have in common, as well as other celebrity guests that we brought in as well to really prove that when Matt hosted the show we were able to blow the roof off the dump.
In addition to ranking as the No. 1 late-night show on Thursday (1/24/13) in both Households (2.92 rating) and Adults 18-49 (1.23 rating) in Nielsen's 56 Metered Markets, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" also saw huge gains across digital platforms, topping all four late-night competitors in total tweets and unique users. Last night's episode generated more tweets than any other episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on record, up more than 230% above average.
carl reiner @carlreiner
I say that M.Damon usurping J.Kimme'ls job was one of the funniest and creative shows in the history of late-night T.V.