Jimmy Kimmel unleashed a series of jokes at Donald Trump's expense Tuesday after he unexpectedly canceled his scheduled appearance on the nighttime talk show.
Kimmel said that Trump's campaign staff contacted the show the night before and gave a "cryptic reason" why the bombastic real estate mogul would no longer be appearing.
"I'm dying to find out what this major political commitment was. Usually it means he had to go on CNN and call someone an idiot or something," Kimmel said. "Why did he cancel? We told him there were cameras here, right?"
“I don’t know what happened,” Kimmel said. “We’re delighted, needless to say.”
“But don’t worry, tonight we’re gonna give everyone in the audience a basketball dipped in cologne so you can fully experience what it would have been like had Donald Trump been here," Kimmel joked.
The Republican presidential candidate was replaced by comedian Tracy Morgan, who was scheduled to appear on the show later in the week.
According to Politico, Trump did tape a segment with Fox News' Sean Hannity a few hours prior to Kimmel's show.
"Mr. Trump has a political obligation and has rescheduled for an in-studio appearance in California to take place in a few weeks," a Trump spokeswoman said in an email to Politico.
In an interview with CNN earlier this week, Kimmel said plans surrounding Trump's appearance was going to be "a surprise."
"I'm not interviewing him... It will be in studio, it'll be live, and it'll all make perfect sense when you see it," Kimmel said then.