Jimmy Kimmel says Ben Affleck and Matt Damon offered to pay his late-night staff 'out of pocket' amid the writers strike

  • Jimmy Kimmel said that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reached out about paying his late-night staff.

  • Kimmel said the two stars offered to pay the staff "out of pocket" for two weeks amid the WGA strike.

  • Kimmel turned down their offer because he "felt that that was not their responsibility."

Jimmy Kimmel said that his long-time friends, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, reached out to him about paying the late-night hosts' staff amid the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike.

"Ben Affleck and the despicable Matt Damon contacted me and offered to pay our staff for two weeks," Kimmel said on the first episode of Spotify podcast "Strike Force Five," jokingly referencing his and Damon's long-running "feud."

"A week each, they wanted to pay out of their own pockets," Kimmel added.

"Strike Force Five," which launched on Wednesday, is hosted by late-night stars Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver.

"They're good people," Fallon said of Affleck and Damon, who launched an artist-led production company called Artists Equity in 2022.

"Did you say no?" Meyers asked Kimmel.

"I did say no," the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host said. "I felt that that was not their responsibility."

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on a special 2016 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in February 2016.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck on a special 2016 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in February 2016.Randy Holmes/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

Although Kimmel declined Affleck and Damon's offer, "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds is inadvertently taking care of the staff of the various late-night shows.

Reynolds is heavily involved in Mint Mobile and Aviation Gin, one of the podcast sponsors under the beverage company Diageo. Mint Mobile is also offering staff free service for a year, Kimmel said.

The creation of the "Strike Force Live" podcast comes amid the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, which began in May and July, respectively.

The late-night hosts explained that all the money made from their podcast, largely through their presenting sponsors Diageo and Mint Mobile, will go toward supporting members of their staff who are currently out of work.

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