9:08pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Jimmy Kimmel Presses Stormy Daniels on Alleged Trump Affair
Hours after President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address, the adult-film star he allegedly had an affair with in 2006 neither denied nor verified that she had signed an NDA that barred her from speaking about him.
In a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Stormy Daniels — whose real name is Stephanie Clifford — addressed a letter that had been sent to several journalists Tuesday reiterating a claim that she had not had an affair with Donald Trump. Clifford's alleged affair with Trump first came to light in a January Wall Street Journal story reporting that Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen had paid a $130,000 settlement to Clifford before the November 2016 election that required her not to discuss an alleged encounter with Trump from 2006. According to Wall Street Journal sources, Clifford had "privately alleged" the two had had a sexual encounter at a golf tournament in 2006. Cohen denied the validity of the story and sent the Wall Street Journal an email signed "Stormy Daniels" that denied having received hush money from Trump.
Kimmel said that three hours previously, he saw the Tuesday statement, and noted, as had other journalists, that the signature on the original, Cohen-sent statement does not match the signature on her Tuesday statement, nor do they match past signatures on her headshots. But when he asked Clifford if she had signed the Tuesday letter, Clifford was cagey. "I don't know, did I? That doesn't look like my signature, does it?" she said.
"You're saying that perhaps this signature did not come from you?" Kimmel asked. Clifford did not answer but said that it came from the Internet, which also said that she is in the FBI and a man.
When Kimmel then asked her if she had a nondisclosure agreement with Trump, Clifford responded, "Do I?"
"If you did not have a nondisclosure agreement, you could say that you did not have a nondisclosure agreement," he responded.
"You're so smart, Jimmy," she said.
Kimmel then pressed her on the 2011 InTouch interview, published in January after the WSJ story, in which Clifford said that she had had an affair with Trump. When he asked her if she had done the interview, she said, "Not as it is written." Kimmel pressed her on details described in the interview, and Clifford said that if Trump had invited her to his hotel room to watch her videos, he would have "good taste." Of the obsession with sharks Daniels alleged in the interview, she said that lots of people are obsessed with sharks.
Kimmel then introduced a puppet that looked like Daniels and played "Never Have I Ever" with it in order to get an answer from her in the case that she did have an NDA. Clifford's puppet nodded to "Never have I ever had sex with a married man at a golf course," but didn't answer Kimmel's more pointed questions that clearly identified Trump.
During the appearance, Kimmel asked Clifford what she thought of Trump bringing three women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct to a presidential debate in 2016, especially if she thought it was "odd."
"Odd? No. Dirty, yes. And I know a lot about dirty and even I wouldn't do that," Clifford responded.
The post-State of the Union special of Jimmy Kimmel Live! started off with a clip of Kimmel and Clifford watching Trump's State of the Union address. "Enough of this. Show me what he did to you with these," Kimmel says, as Kimmel and Clifford brandish boy and girl puppets, respectively. Clifford's puppet has her mouth taped shut with duck tape.
The appearance gave Kimmel a ratings win for the competitive night.