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In a disappointing turn of events, the star-studded live event known as “Strike Force Three,” featuring late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert, has been canceled. The unfortunate cause of this cancellation is Jimmy Kimmel’s positive COVID-19 test. This announcement was made through Kimmel’s social media platform, X, formerly known as Twitter, leaving fans and attendees disappointed but understanding of the circumstances.
Kimmel expressed his regret and concern for his Las Vegas hometown crowd, stating, “Well, Las Vegas, I got Covid, and sadly, we need to cancel this weekend’s Strike Force Three show. I could never live with myself if I got my hometown friends sick. Thanks to all who purchased tickets, everyone will get full refunds, and we will try to reschedule if possible.”
The “Strike Force Three” event was originally scheduled to take place at the prestigious Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas on September 23. It was poised to be a historic moment in the world of late-night entertainment, as it would have marked the first time that these three iconic hosts appeared together on a live stage.
The inception of “Strike Force Three” can be traced back to the creation of the “Strike Force Five” podcast. Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert, along with fellow late-night hosts Seth Meyers and John Oliver, launched this podcast venture on August 30. The genesis of the podcast can be attributed to the unforeseen disruption caused by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, which commenced on May 2. As their respective late-night shows went off the air due to the strike, these talk show veterans began holding virtual meetings over Zoom, leading to a unique collaboration.
Their discussions culminated in a deal with Spotify, and “Strike Force Five” soared to become the No. 1 podcast on both Spotify and Apple. What’s more, all proceeds generated from the podcast were earmarked to support the hardworking staff members of their respective late-night shows. These dedicated professionals had been adversely impacted by the strike, losing their livelihoods as a result.
The cancellation of the live event is a significant setback, as the proceeds from “Strike Force Three” were also intended to provide much-needed financial relief to the late-night show staff members. The cancellation serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by the entertainment industry and its workers in the wake of the pandemic.
While the cancellation is undoubtedly disappointing for fans and attendees, the health and safety of both the audience and the performers remain paramount. Jimmy Kimmel’s responsible decision to prioritize the well-being of his hometown friends underscores the seriousness of the ongoing public health crisis.
Fans who had eagerly anticipated this one-of-a-kind live show can take solace in the hope that “Strike Force Three” may be rescheduled in the future once the COVID-19 situation allows for such gatherings. In the meantime, the legacy of “Strike Force Five” lives on through its successful podcast run, serving as a testament to the resilience and creativity of these late-night hosts in challenging times.