'Ghostbusters' Talk Online Haters, Get Surprised by Original Cast on Kimmel

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'Ghostbusters' purists don't want an all female-reboot "because only men can fight imaginary ghosts in a make-believe movie," said Jimmy Kimmel about the social media backlash.

Kimmel continued his Game Night episodes on Wednesday in honor of the NBA Finals, this time welcoming the cast of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot to chat about haters online, what they learned from their fellow Ghostbusters and the troubles of driving the Ectomobile. 

Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon appeared on the primetime episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but "unfortunately, Slimer couldn't be here," said Kimmel, because "he's off getting vetted to be Donald Trump's running mate."

Kimmel, of course, addressed the online backlash about the film, asking the group about guys "who have very empty lives," who say they don't want an all-female reboot "because only men can fight imaginary ghosts in a make-believe movie," Kimmel joked. 

"What they don't say when they're typing is that one minute after they type that, their moms are like, 'Get upstairs and take out the garbage! You're 45 years old!,'" McCarthy responded, sarcastically, calling them "terrific fellas!" 

Kimmel also asked Jones which of her costars is her favorite. "None of them," she said, "I plan on killing them off and being the only Ghostbuster."

The group talked about McKinnon's difficulty in driving the Ectomobile and Jones' search for love before a surprise entrance by some of the cast of the original Ghostbusters film, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts.

The original cast appeared on Kimmel's regularly scheduled episode later that night, which also featured Guillermo dressed as the marshmallow man.

Aykroyd praised the new film, saying he's "really really happy" with it, adding that he thinks the new female Ghostbusters are great, and "all the guys in the movie are just fine too! There are men and women in the movie!"

"Wait a minute, let's not rush by that," Murray joked, "there are both men and women in this film." 

Murray also called it a "tough movie to pull off," because "there's a lot of expectation," but as he watched with the rest of the original cast, he found they were "cheering like we were at a sporting event." 

Kimmel's special Game Night episodes have so far featured an NBA-themed "Mean Tweets" and locker room interviews with baby versions of LeBron James and Steph Curry. 

On Wednesday, Snoop Dogg also provided "The Hizzistory of Basketball" with footage from the 1950s, and Guillermo once again tried to get an interview with LeBron James at NBA Finals Media Day on Wednesday's episode, after the host brought back Baby LeBron James to reimagine press conferences with very "young players" of the NBA.

The new and old casts ended the episode Wednesday with a dance party led by the theme song singer, Ray Parker Jr. Watch the video below. 

9:30 p.m. PT: Updated with Kimmel's second show of the night.