"The first time I met Jimmy was when I went to do the prime-time show. For a year he'd been saying, 'My apologies to Matt Damon; we ran out of time.’
"So he came backstage, and I asked him what that was about. And he was like, 'You want to know what happened? I was doing a particularly lame show; I think my guests were a ventriloquist and a guy in a monkey suit. We were wrapping it up, and there was a smattering of applause in the audience.
"'I was having kind of a low moment, and I just said, "My apologies to Matt Damon; we ran out of time". My producer was right off camera and he doubled over laughing. It was just gallows humor. Nobody else got the joke. But it made us laugh, so we started doing it every night. I have no idea why I said you; it could have been anybody'."
So when Matt actually was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the intro went on for so long that time ran out! It was then that they decided to stage a fake fight.
Kimmel is finally having Damon on the show Jan. 24. “We have a long history, it’s an unpleasant history. But he will be here,” Kimmel says.
1808 episodes and we found a spot for Matt Damon. This Thursday we possibly, sort of promise this won't happen again bit.ly/Yjaps8— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) January 21, 2013