Jimmy Kimmel Enlists Help From Katie Couric for First Colonoscopy

Jimmy Kimmel was ready to take his show to where no late-night program has gone before: to get a colonoscopy.

In the wake of his turning 50, Kimmel enlisted help from Katie Couric to undergo his first colonoscopy procedure. “I know this is something Katie is passionate about and it’s an important thing to do,” the late-night host said about the colon cancer-detecting procedure on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! “You’re about to watch a camera go where no camera has gone before.”

Chronicling his early morning visit, Kimmel and Couric ventured to the hospital at 5:30 a.m. where Couric praised the late-night host for being a “big boy” and assured him that once he completes the procedure he won’t have to do it again for another five to 10 years, which Kimmel then jokingly compared to the Olympics.  

While waiting for the procedure to begin, Kimmel shared a few quips with Couric about the awkwardness of her being present for his first procedure. “I’m telling you, I met some real perverts in my life, but you take the cake, Katie Couric,” Kimmel told the anchor.

Couric, whose husband died of colon cancer, emphasized that despite the common dread most people feel over getting the procedure done, “it’s a lot more fun than being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.” “You should put that on a bumper sticker. A long bumper sticker,” Kimmel said.

Prior to Kimmel's procedure, Couric poked fun at the late-night host as she challenged the nurses to thoroughly clean his colon enough to find the iTunes gift card she hid inside. “Whoever finds it, it’s yours,” Couric joked.

Later, Kimmel learned that his colonoscopy procedure went smoothly, until Couric admitted that they found some unusual personal items of his along the way such as his car keys, action figures and a harmonica.

Watch the full segment above.