Anyone expecting to see Vivica A. Fox on Jimmy Kimmel Live will have a long wait. During an interview with Bravo’s Andy Cohen on Sunday, Kimmel named the actress as the one guest he would never want back on his show.
The ban stems from Fox’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in September 2005. Fox was on Kimmel’s show to promote her Lifetime crime drama Missing.
According to reports, the interview was a disaster from start to finish. Kimmel kicked it off by making fun of Star Jones, a friend of Fox’s, as he introduced the entertainer. Although the comedian highlighted Fox’s accomplishments, he continued going at Jones when he concluded with, “…and most harrowing of all, Star Jones’ bridesmaid.”
From that moment on, Fox was tense and icy. The Set It Off star told Kimmel that she didn’t find his jokes about Jones funny.
“It goes both ways,” chided Kimmel, who tried to make things right. “I’m desperate to make this work. You know what? The four of us should get together — me, you, Star and [Star’s then-husband] Al [Reynolds].” Fox’s response: “You would get your a** kicked.”
At that point, Fox walked off the set, forcing Kimmel to spend the next segment focused on her empty chair. Kimmel says he thought Fox was on drugs during the interview, which conflicts with the actress’ longtime anti-drug stance.
Fox addressed Lamar Odom’s problem with drug abuse when she spoke to BET.com in October. “I hate to see this happen to him,” she said. “His wife really loves him. But drugs will mess you up.”
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