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The host praised and joked about the late Playboy founder, who died Wednesday in his home at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.
“I knew Hugh Hefner. And I have to say, of all his achievements — and there were many — maybe the greatest of all was that he figured out a way to wear pajamas to work every day. And for that I really have to give him a lot of credit,” Kimmel said.
And he segued from thoughtful to silly by saying, “Mr. Hefner was an advocate for racial equality, free speech and equal rights, but mostly he’ll be remembered for the boobs.”
Kimmel joked that Hef’s “probably the only person to ever be disappointed by heaven.”
“What’s with all these harps? Let’s get some naked girls in here,” Kimmel joked of Hef saying.
The ABC host also aired part of a Wednesday night report on Hefner’s death from a local CBS affiliate, which included a shot of Hefner’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, littered with a banana, hot dog and puddle of jelly.
“That’s how I want to be remembered,” Kimmel joked. “It’s like a fourth grader dropped his lunch box.”
And he compared the search for Hef’s successor to the process by which a new pope is selected, airing a mock CNN report with white smoke shooting up from the Playboy Mansion chimney.
In the report, Kimmel joked, Charlie Sheen had been appointed the new “mayor of Penistown.”
In reality, Hefner’s son, Cooper, assumed creative control of the brand his father launched well before his dad died.
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