Jimmy Kimmel confronts Larry David over snub mid-interview

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel took guest Larry David to task during an appearance on his show this week — and David responded in typically blunt style.

Kimmel introduced the famous grumpy Curb your enthusiasm David explained to the audience that he’d rather be at home tonight, and at the end of their spirited 15-minute conversation, David proved he’s got a host.

Kimmel ended the interview with David’s “awkward question.” He reminded him that he was booked as a guest on the show earlier in the year — the first episode since Kimmel hosted the Academy Awards on March 11.

Jimmy Kimmel confronts Larry David on the show

“We love a great guest on the Monday night after the Oscars because it’s a big audience. So we asked you and I was thrilled you said yes,” he said.

But then, in the weeks leading up to the episode, tragedy struck: David’s best friend and curb co-star Richard Lewis died on February 27 after a long period of ill health.

Kimmel told the audience that David’s team then got in touch to say he was grieving and could no longer do the show — “which I completely understand.”

So Kimmel said he was surprised when he ran into David at the Oscars after party — “he had a big smile, I might add.”

David immediately burst into laughter.

“Okay, so you want an explanation?” he asked before clearing himself.

“I used the death of my best friend to get out of a show I didn’t even want to be in,” he admitted. “It’s very simple.”

Peak Larry David and another proof of that Curb your enthusiasm was less of a comedy series, more of a documentary.

Fellow comedian Lewis would no doubt be proud that his friend used his death as an excuse to shirk his responsibilities.

Even Kimmel admitted it’s hard to hold a grudge: “I would expect nothing less,” he said.

David paid heartfelt tribute to Lewis following his death at the age of 76 earlier this year. Their treacherous, adversarial friendship was one of the highlights curb in 12 seasons of airing.

“Richard and I were born three days apart in the same hospital and he was like a brother to me for most of my life,” he wrote in a statement at the time.

“He had that rare combination of being the funniest person and also the sweetest. But today he made me cry and I will never forgive him for that.”

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