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The former 2020 White House hopeful — who exited the presidential race last week — appeared on ABC's late-night TV show on Thursday to fill in for Kimmel.

During his opening monologue, Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., noted that the audience was virtually empty due to fears of the coronavirus. 


"When you don't have a real audience, you have to fake one, just like Trump's inauguration," Buttigieg said, as clips from the 2017 presidential inauguration, after which the commander in chief touted his crowd size, played.

After striking a serious tone to urge viewers to call lawmakers to show their support for a House Democratic bill that would provide paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, Buttigieg returned to the one-liners. 

The 38-year-old ex-presidential candidate poked fun at his current unemployment. Showing a clip from this week's "The Masked Singer" featuring 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin singing "Baby Got Back," Buttigieg cracked, "That's gonna be me in three months, isn't it?"

"I'm also glad Jimmy asked me to host tonight because, frankly, I've got nothing else going on," Buttigieg said. "As you know, I dropped out of the presidential race last week, which was unfortunate, but what can I say?"

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"Although we didn't win, we did achieve some pretty big milestones," Buttigieg told the sparse audience, which included his husband, Chasten Buttigieg. "I'm the first gay person to ever win a presidential primary or caucus. And the first gay man in 30 years to wear pleated pants."

The politician then appeared in a pre-taped sketch that showed him embarking on a job hunt. He interviewed at a Wetzel's Pretzel's store, but flunked the sit-down when he indicated he'd give more than one pretzel sample to customers who asked for one.

"I would say that America was founded on an ideal," Buttigieg said during the faux job interview. "And freedom isn't free, but pretzel samples should be."