Clay Aiken – “They Serve Nasty Animals”

Whoever thought they would see Clay Aiken beating up another celebrity on TV? Well, it happened, sort of, on June 28th, 2004. That was the evening that Clay was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Live television show.

Clay was the featured guest and was interviewed by Jimmy. He performed in a silly skit and sang two songs.

According to fans who were in the live audience, the evening was like a huge celebration of Clay Aiken and his music. Most of the audience was made up of Clay fans and they were excited in their response to all that was happening.

There were two stories from the interview that have been repeated and remembered often. The first was about the old man in the airport who hit Clay with his cane. Clay seemed indignant and said that it really hurt.

The second story was about the food in Ireland. According to Clay, they serve “nasty animals” and that even if you order the food well-done, it still is walking all over the plate. He even complained about McDonalds and said it just wasn’t the same.

After Clay’s interview, he stayed on the stage while Jimmy interviewed Dylan Walsh. Poor man didn’t stand a chance as most of the audience was more interested in watching Clay and his reactions than listening to Dylan’s answers.

Clay ended the program by singing two songs, “I Will Carry You” and “Kyrie”. The audience, both in the studio and at home, thought that Clay rocked the house. He seemed to be in great spirits and great voice. He seemed to enjoy the exuberant audience and connected with them. The audience got to hear all of Kyrie, but, unfortunately, the TV audience only saw a short clip of the song as the time ran out.

Clay and Jimmy really hit it off this night and both seemed to enjoy the interview and each other’s company. It was the beginning of a great relationship.

We have put together a playlist for this program. There are 4 videos. Use the arrows on the right and left to move from one video to the next. This visit to Kimmel was a wonderful show. Enjoy!!

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  1. This interview with Clay was so much fun. I Will Carry You is one of my favorite songs from MOAM. I hope he gets to be back on Kimmell soon.

  2. That was so much fun. OMG! I have never heard so much screaming for anyone before. Loved it! Also, loved him singing. He is something else. I also love "I Will Carry You." I have been listening to MOAM lately and there are so many good songs on there. But, of course, I love everything he sings.

  3. Thanks for these memories of Clay on Kimmel. Back when he began, I'll bet that Clay never thought that in 2011 he would still be loved, and his fans would be anticipating his music and tours. I'd love him to record Kyrie.

  4. I remember this visit so well. Clay was so funny. Thank you for another great article.

    It must be difficult to think of something every day!! It is appreciated.

  5. It was great watching Clay on Kimmel again. I sure wish he would go on the show again. Clay and Jimmy have good chemistry…it's always a lot of fun.

  6. I remember that show as well. Clay was hilarious and sang like only he can sing. I hope he is on Jimmy again. Thanks for the videos so I could relive that show.

  7. Loved that appearance on Kimmel. Back then we had a satellite dish and got east coast and west coast. I'd watch it at 11:30 (or whenever it started), then set the alarm at get up at watch it again 4 hours later. I did this even though I had recorded the first show. I just could not get enough. (Come to think of it, I still can't!!)

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