A Utah nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 appeared on Thursday’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and got a surprise from Jennifer Aniston.
Kimball Fairbanks appeared via video link on the ABC late-night show and told the host (who’s working from home) that she’s been furloughed from work and is quarantined from her family, including her 4-year-old and 18-month-old daughters.
“I kind of felt like I got hit by a train, but I think I just have really mild symptoms,” said Fairbanks, comparing it to “a head cold combined with the flu.”
And then Kimmel sprang the surprise.
“We wanted to cheer you up a little bit, so I’d like you to meet somebody. Her name is Jennifer,” he said — as Aniston (“Friends," “The Morning Show”) joined them via video from her home.
“Hi, honey, it’s so good to meet you,” Aniston said to Fairbanks, who was clearly taken by surprise. "I just have to say — God bless you and all of you that are out there doing what you’re doing. I just, I don’t even know how to express my gratitude to everything that you guys are doing in putting your health at risk and all of that. You’re just phenomenal. Phenomenal.”
Kimnmel took advantage of the surprise to make a joke at his own expense.
“Jen, I don’t know if you could see … how much more excited Kimball was to see you than she was to see me,” Kimmel said.
“I was not expecting to see her,” said Kimball, who was also caught off guard when Aniston told her she’d be getting a $10,000 gift certificate from Postmates.
“But you have to use it all in one shot,” Kimmel joked.
“Yes, you get one delivery for $10,000,” Aniston added.
Postmates is also donating gift cards to all the nurses on her floor at the hospital.
Kimball told Kimmel and Aniston that she’ll be out of quarantine and can rejoin her family on April 8 — the same day she’ll be able to go back to work.
“So the moment you get to see your kids again, you’re going to have to go back to work,” Kimmel said.
“Probably, yeah,” she replied with a laugh.