This year’s People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive award was released on Live! On Tuesday, a longtime star finally got his due, and there was plenty of backlash to go along with it.
After a very unsuccessful 20-question game with the audience, which Kimmel described as “the worst series of questions ever,” he began dropping clues until it was finally revealed that it was actor Patrick Dempsey.
Here’s a look at how that moment played out.
After the big announcement, Dempsey came out and sat down with Kimmel, who asked the actor why it took so long for this to happen.
“I don’t know, I’m just glad they made a decision and it’s my turn this year,” Dempsey said. “I’m very grateful.”
Kimmel pointed out that Dempsey had a few close calls, as he’s already appeared on the cover of the Sexiest Man Alive issue twice in small boxes next to this year’s selection. Once when George Clooney was chosen, and once when Matt Damon – or as Kimmel called him “Vomit Face” – was the cover man.
Dempsey, 57, said he fasted and went to the gym to prepare for the photo shoot associated with the honor, which he said was very awkward given the great secrecy surrounding the news.
The previous Grey’s Anatomy Star – who is also an avid car racer – has two films scheduled for release this year, including the horror film Thanksgiving and the biopic Ferrari.
“It’s actually my favorite movie I’ve ever been in,” Dempsey said Ferrari. “I think it’s absolutely beautiful.”
Patrick about Pedro?
Many viewers reacted on social media and were excited about it Dempsey finally wears that crown in the spotlight after years of shortages and great success. Meanwhile, others thought the time was right a decade or soand some were simply hoping for someone else to come along Pedro Pascal’s name is the most common along with others like Jason Kelce and Oscar Isaac.
I have been in love with Patrick Dempsey since I was a child. He’s finally the Sexiest Man
– Shelby Danielle (@hiimshelbyy) November 8, 2023
Is this 2005? Because that’s the last time he’ll be relevant
– LU 🦖 (@jeansmcrts) November 8, 2023
I’m sorry. Did I fall asleep and wake up in 2005?
– Jennifer (@Draven1683) November 8, 2023
I do not get it. .Pedro Pascal definitely deserves it, this was his year!❤️
– Chels (@ChelseyRossberg) November 8, 2023
Jason Kelce was right there
– November Chell and your flannel cure (@chell_chell13) November 8, 2023
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. on ABC.