With his days on American Idol behind him, Sanjaya Malakar‘s been making the talk show rounds. For some reason his publicist – or whoever handles this perplexing star’s affairs – decided to book him on Jimmy Kimmel‘s late-night chat fest. Why? We don’t know.
We do know, however, that Jimmy Kimmel managed to perpetuate his long history of douchery and make himself look like a hypocrite. Oh, Jimmy, you truly are an overachiever…
After a bit of pleasantries, Kimmel broaches that old, perhaps inappropriate, subject: 17-year old Malakar’s sexuality, asking why oh why Malakar would “offer” People his heterosexuality. Here’s a bit of transcript for those of you too lazy and/or technologically impaired to watch the video:
Jimmy Kimmel: You did an interview with People Magazine and you almost went out of your way to tell them you’re not gay. Why did you do that?
Sanjaya Malakar: I didn’t go out of my way to do that.
JK: You didn’t? Because it seemed like you specificallyâ€¦I told them a similar thing but they didn’t believe me. Do you feel like you had to say that?
SM: (shakes head)
JK: No, you didn’t? It was just something you threw out there?
JK: Okay, because it a little bit odd to throw out there like you feel you have to clear the air. And, of course, as you hear, not that there is anything wrong with that if that was your thing. And you’re a kid. You don’t even know what you are. At this point in your life. I was humping furniture at this point when I was your age.
Because, sadly, nobody would sleep with him. Not even the dog.
What we can’t decide is whether Kimmel’s just being a total dick or just a bit of a dick with a healthy dash of actual concern. Aside from the fact that it’s a bit inappropriate to be asking a 17-year old kid about their sexuality – especially one who ain’t no Einstein – but didn’t Kimmel go after Gawker’s Emily Gould for that whole Gawker Stalker thing? Kimmel not only blasted Gould for posting celebrities’ locations, but tore her a new one over a Gawker reader’s assertion that Kimmel was drunk. This Malakar thing isn’t exactly the same thing, but Kimmel’s definitely intimating something here: Malakar’s gay. A bit more incendiary than saying someone hits the bottle, especially considering – again – Malakar’s only seventeen (forgive our Puritanism) and not the sharpest tool…
Sort of makes those potentially transphobic comments to Rebecca Romijn smell like roses, huh?
Jimmy Kimmel quizzes Sanjaya Malakar about gay comment [AfterElton]
Jimmy Kimmel puts Sanjaya on the spot… [Out in Hollywood]