Jimmy Kimmel is pledging to put a federal employee to work each night on his show for as long as the partial government shutdown drags on.

“It’s unfortunate that these people, these workers who have nothing to do with this ridiculous wall, aren’t getting paychecks, especially right after the holidays,” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host told his audience on Monday. 


The partial shutdown has spanned more than two weeks amid a dispute between President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE and congressional Democrats over border wall funding.

“I wanted to do our part to pitch in,” Kimmel said.

“Tonight and every night until the shutdown is over, we’re going to put a federal employee to work on the show,” Kimmel, a frequent critic of President Trump, announced, before introducing a California federal prison guard named John Kostelnik.

“Do you object to being used as a pawn in this fight over a wall?” Kimmel asked Kostelnik.

“Absolutely,” Kostelnik replied.

When Kimmel questioned whether Kostelnik and his colleagues would be “paid eventually” for their work, the local prison workers' union president said, “We hope so.”

Kostelnik then picked up a tambourine and joined the ABC late-night show’s in-house band.

“Have fun with it. Really go wild,” Kimmel instructed with a laugh.

“That’s called solving problems, folks,” he added.

A “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” spokeswoman told ITK on Wednesday that the show’s producers are working with a variety of sources, including combing social media, to find federal workers affected by the shutdown.

“Anyone who is booked to appear on the show will be paid,” the rep said.

—Updated Wednesday at 11:20 a.m.