Gonzaga Community, Spokane Respond to Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel, ABC
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC photo)

March 22, 2019
Jeff Bunch

Jimmy Kimmel started March Madness off early this week, joking on national TV that he doesn't believe Gonzaga exists. His series of monologues started a fun back-and-forth between Kimmel and members of the Gonzaga Community from Spokane and across the nation. #gonzagaexists

Kimmel Not Convinced Gonzaga is Real

YouTube playlist with other Kimmel videos, responses by Gonzaga community

Gonzaga Community, Spokane Respond

Gonzaga University

The University responded to the kerfuffle on its official Twitter account by issuing a challenge.


Gonzaga University Tweet

Gonzaga School of Law

Dean Jacob Rooksby and students at the Gonzaga School of Law swore an oath from Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson that Gonzaga does, in fact, exist.

Gonzaga law school students take oath

Spokane Hoopfest

The organizers of Spokane's world-famous 3-on-3 Hoopfest basketball event extended an invitation for Kimmel to play in it this summer.

Spokane Hoopfest Tweet

@SpokaneHoopfest: Hey @jimmykimmel, here is your physical evidence that #gonzagaexists. @IMDb says you take time off at the end of June, so come play in the largest 3on3 tournament in the world June 29-30, 2019. Lace 'em up @MattDamonOnline and @IAMGUILLERMO. #KimmelToTheKennel #Hoopfest2019

Visit Spokane

The tourism specialists jumped on the opportunity to promote the city with a series of Tweets.

Visit Spokane Tweet

Gonzaga Student Creates Online Petition

A Gonzaga student created an online petition on change.org to request that Kimmel serve as the university's commencement speaker in May. As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,200 members of the Gonzaga community (and counting) had signed it.

Change.org petition