Jimmy Kimmel has opposed his fair share of politicians in his talk show monologues; now he will be conducting a showdown against former Republican candidate Ted Cruz ̵
"You may remember Ted as the guy who once made the hoop a" basketball ring "on the campaign trail," said Kimmel of the Texas Senator during the Thursday issue of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" After Cruz issued a Mano-a-Mano Tire Challenge for the late-night moderator.
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It all started on the Tuesday night show, when Kimmel Cruz looked for "a blobfish" in a cafside selfie he tweeted shortly before Game 7 of the NBA playoffs as the Golden State Warriors compete against Cruz's team Houston Rockets
After Kimmel's barb, Cruz returned to Twitter to tell the host that he felt "ashamed" of the joke called for a one-on-one basketball game for charity
Alluding to Cruz's challenge, Kimmel mocked the choice of words by the Senator. He really knows his way around with a Diss track, this Ted, "joked Kimmel, adding that he immediately went online when he read Cruz" Tweet, "googling how to guard a blobfish.
Kimmel then asked if Cruz realized what he was getting into. "Do you really want to play basketball against a talk show host?", Kimmel joked. "You've already lost a choice to a reality show host. Is not that enough?"
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However, Kimmel is not one of a challenge back. "If he wants to do it, I have to do it, right?" He added, "So, Ted Cruz, I accept your challenge. I will play one-to-one.
It did not take long for Cruz to respond.
It's not yet known when this epic-safe match will take place, but if it does, you can bet it's on an episode of "JKL!"