George Stephanopoulos Says He's Slept 14 Hours Since Election Day

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ABC News' chief anchor said of the atmosphere in the newsroom, "We're ready. We're waiting for something to happen here."

George Stephanopoulos has slept a total of 14 hours since Tuesday while covering the results of the 2020 election, he told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Friday.

"It's kind of broadcasting under the influence, isn't it?" Stephanopoulos joked while he spoke from the ABC News set on the latest episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in between election coverage. When prodded by Kimmel about whether he has showered in that period, Stephanopoulos said he has returned home to shower since Election Day.

The exceedingly long work days of politically-focused anchors during and after Election Day has been a subject of fascination for social media users in 2020, with CNN chief national correspondent John King and NBC News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki specifically becoming the subjects of many memes during a long vote-counting period. On Twitter, users crowned them "Chartthrobs" and documented when each took breaks.

Speaking with Kimmel on Friday around 4 p.m. PT, as former vice president Joe Biden appeared to be inching toward victory against President Trump but didn't yet have enough Electoral College votes, ABC News' chief anchor and anchor of This Week With George Stephanopoulos said that the majority of his work that moment was staying ready for an election verdict. "We're ready. We're waiting for something to happen here. We've been waiting all day, we've been waiting all week. We're close," he said.

Asked by Kimmel as to whether he is privy to any information about the election that isn't public, Stephanopoulos chose to discuss what he didn't know. "One thing I don't know is when our 'decision desks' are going to call every state. There's a real wall between those number crunchers... and those of us who are on air so there's no pressure on them," he said. He added that "when you think you know something, you can find out like everybody else that it's absolutely wrong" and noted that the Trump campaign "thought they were going to win this thing" on Tuesday night, before more results came in.

As for whether he thought Trump would concede defeat were Biden to win, Stephanopoulos said dryly, "He might acknowledge, in his words, that the election was 'stolen' from him." If he does concede, Stephanopoulos said, his speech will likely be very "untraditional."

By the time Stephanopoulos' appearance aired on Friday night, Biden had a few hours earlier delivered a speech that did not declare victory but did reveal he and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, are meeting with experts on the economy and COVID-19 in apparent preparation to take office. Biden also offered a message of unity to a nation shown to be deeply divided by the election numbers: "Our purpose of politics... isn't to fan the flame of conflict but to solve problems," he said.