Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Exclusive: Famed Singer Songwriter Paul Simon Drops Out of Jimmy Kimmel Brooklyn Taping at Last Minute


I was very excited to go out to Brooklyn tonight at rush hour for the taping of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

The musical guest was supposed to be Paul Simon. He was also set for an interview.

But now I’m told that Simon has dropped out of the show at the last minute. Since he’s a consummate live performer, one suspects he has COVID or a cold or something that took him out quickly.

What a shame. Simon, as I told you recently, has been recording a new album. I thought he might play a new song. Or one of the dozens of famous ones from “The Sound of Silence” to “American Tune” or really “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

So we’re sending best wishes to Paul Simon to get well quickly. And Jimmy Kimmel will still feature Jason Bateman and I’m sure have a worthy replacement. His shows all week from Brooklyn have been a lot of fun!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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