Prior to late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel marrying Molly McNearney in Ojai, California on Saturday July 13, Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe stole the wedding ceremony spotlight. As guests, who included A-listers Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Garner, watched for McNearney as the music cued the bride’s entrance, they got the biggest surprise of all.
“Everyone was standing up when it was time for Molly to walk down the aisle, but instead of Molly, Gabourey appeared and…walked down the aisle,” a source told US Weekly. “It was so funny! Jimmy was 100 percent completely surprised — he had no idea.”
After the joke ran its course, Sidibe, who was dressed in a white wedding gown then slipped into a red dress and McNearney married Kimmel in a 20-minute ceremony. Kimmel might be in for a lot of laughs in this union. His new wife, a co-head writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, reportedly set the whole prank up.
And apparently it was the joke that kept on giving. When Kimmel’s younger brother toasted the newlyweds later that evening he began by saying, “I am John, brother of Jimmy and brother-in-law of Gabourey Sidibe…”