Pete Buttigieg to Guest Host ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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Concord, NH - April 5, 2019: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg campaigns in New Hampshire - Image (MaverickPhotos /

Pete Buttigieg, the former Democratic presidential candidate broke the news on Monday broadcast of ‘Today’ he will guest host ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Pete Buttigieg will host this upcoming Thursday. The former Democratic presidential candidate shared the news on the Monday broadcast of ‘Today’.

“We’re lining up a great slate of guests,” Buttigieg told NBC’s Craig Melvin. “Sir Patrick Stewart is coming on, so we are very excited about that.”

Buttigieg will be stepping in for Kimmel as the host is busy with production for ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’. He hopes to have help writing Thursday’s opening monologue.

“Hopefully some funnier minds than mine will be doing some writing for that. I think it is going to be fun,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor said. “The thing about running a presidential campaign is you will have been focused on one thing and one thing only. It is nice to be able to zoom out and come back at life.”

Hours later, Kimmel joked on Twitter, “While I’m out hosting @MillionaireTV, I nominate @PeteButtigieg to be my guest host Thursday, March 12– thanks Mayor Pete!”

This news comes after Buttigieg dropped out of the race on March 1st. Since then, he has traveled the country with his husband, Chasten, thanking supporters. The politician says he is “going to have some fun” before working on his next opportunity.

Buttigieg touched on why he ended his presidential campaign. “Getting into this race was never just about becoming president, for us it was about working to unify the party and the country and it was about making sure that we defeat Donald Trump,” said Buttigieg, who has since endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. “And there came a point when I realized that the best thing I could do in the service of those goals was to step aside.”

You can check out his appearance on ‘Today’ below.

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