Jimmy Kimmel became one of the many men who can claim that Katie Couric was their first … friend to take them for a colonoscopy.
The Stand Up to Cancer founder and Kimmel filmed the appointment in Los Angeles to air on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday in an effort to encourage men to go out and get screened.
It is a cause that has been incredibly close to Couric’s heart ever since her first husband John Monahan tragically died at the age of 42 in 1998 of colon cancer.
His first: Jimmy Kimmel get his first colonoscopy with Katie Couric (pair above) and filmed it for a segment that will air on his late night show on Tuesday
Funnyman: When Couric asks at one point why most men do not get screened, Kimmel jokes: ‘Because they go up you ass’
In the segment, Kimmel jokes about wanting to get any possible polyps the doctor finds returned to him so that he may keep them on his bookshelf.
And when Couric asks at one point why most men do not get screened, Kimmel jokes: ‘Because they go up you ass.’
Kimmel now joins a list of men that includes Al Roker, Matt Lauer and more who have undergone colonoscopies with Couric on live television.
The segment also marks the return of Couric to ABC, though just for the night.
Couric has had a number of high profile jobs since she left NBC’s Today back in 2006 after 15 years on the morning news show, over which time she became known as America’s Sweetheart.
She worked at CBS Evening News until 2011, while also doing segments for 60 Minutes, a job that earned her a reported salary of $15million a year, the most ever for a journalist at the time.
Her most famous interview came in 2008 when she sat down with vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a series of pieces that many believed doomed Palin and McCain’s campaign.
In was during that interview that Palin famously talked about Alaska’s proximity to Russia and was unable to name a single magazine she read on a regular basis, instead telling Couric; ‘Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.’
Couric’s husband John Monahan t(pair above in 1994)ragically died at the age of 42 in 1998 of colon cancer
Palin would later claim that Couric had a bias against her.
Couric left CBS in 2011 to go work as a special corespondent at ABC, where she did segments for Nightline and 20/20 and filled in on all their morning programs at some point: The View, Live with Kelly and Good Morning America.
Then, in 2012, she launched her own talk show, Katie, on ABC, which was cancelled after just two seasons in 2014.
After leaving ABC there were rumors she might rejoin Today as the show was struggling in the ratings.
And she did rejoin ‘Today’ last year for a week when she filed in for Savannah Guthrie, who was off on maternity leave.
She then came back in February to host the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics.
She marriued Jay Molner in June 2014 with a small, intimate ceremony at her home in East Hampton, New York.
The two dated for two years before Molner proposed in September 2013.
Couric has two daughters, Ellie, 23, and Carrie, 18, from her relationship with her first husband.