Stormy Daniels Set to Appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
The adult entertainer, who allegedly had an affair with Donald Trump and was paid hush money weeks before the election, will appear on Kimmel the night of the State of the Union speech.
Jimmy Kimmel has landed one of the biggest "political" interviews of 2018 so far, after he tweeted that Stormy Daniels, the porn star at the center of a bizarre White House sex scandal, was booked to appear on his show.
In almost too perfect timing, Daniels' appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! will coincide with President Trump's first State of the Union speech on Jan. 30.
Daniels came to national prominence after The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid $130,000 in hush money to the erotic actress as part of a non-disclosure settlement weeks before the 2016 election.
The WSJ reported that Stephanie Clifford (Daniels' real name), had a sexual encounter with Trump after she met him at a golf tournament at Lake Tahoe in 2006, sometime after Trump married Melania Knauss in 2005.
Cohen reportedly negotiated the nondisclosure agreement privately in October 2016, a month before the 2016 election, the Journal reported. The Journal did not confirm whether Trump knew about an agreement with or payment to Clifford.
Cohen has since argued that the alleged affair never occurred saying, “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.” Though denying the affair, Cohen did not address the alleged $130,000 payment. He also reportedly sent the Journal an email signed "Stormy Daniels," the writer of which denied receiving "hush money" from Trump.
In November 2016, the Journal also reported that Clifford was in talks to appear on Good Morning America in fall of 2016 to reveal her sexual encounter with Trump. However, the Journal reported that “Ms. Clifford cut off contact with the network without telling her story. She didn’t respond to requests for comments.”
Further arguing that Daniels did not receive a payout, a White House spokesperson released a statement to the Journal. “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election,” the representative said.
The alleged affair has provided plenty of fodder for late-night hosts, who have joked about the incident since the Journal's report broke. Kimmel's interview with Daniels will go up against Stephen Colbert's live broadcast of The Late Show after the State of the Union.