With the Dennis Quaid video rant making the rounds, Jimmy Kimmel was wondering Tuesday night: Why don't you people trust me anymore?
Sure, Kimmel watched Quaid losing it in what appeared to be cellphone images surreptitiously recorded on a movie or TV set. He watched it a lot, as a matter of fact. But ...
"When I woke up this morning I was being blamed for it," he said Tuesday in the opening monologue on his late-night show. "It's disappointing because you play 50 pranks and all of a sudden people don't trust ya anymore."
On Wednesday, the video was revealed as a prank from the folks at Funny or Die, but that wasn't the case when "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" was taped on Tuesday.
With details of the video then unclear -- it was uploaded anonymously to YouTube last week with a paucity of details attached -- the question had been raised as to whether it was in fact a promotional prank. Kimmel emerged as the prime suspect, followed by Crackle, the streaming-video service that just announced Quaid would star in its first-ever hourlong drama series.
Did anyone consider, Kimmel wondered, that rather than participating in a prank for his show, Quaid might have been doing voiceover for a new cartoon? As proof, he offered up a Kimmel Kartoon starring Daffy Duck -- and Dennis Quaid -- that can be seen in the video above, which also contains a very nicely bleeped version of the actor's outburst.
Meh, maybe that wasn't it.
"I promised we would get to the bottom of this Dennis Quaid video controversy," Kimmel said after returning from a commercial break. "The truth is, if you want to know the truth, the reason Dennis released that video was to promote his new book, 'Dopey the ....'"
"I think it's a great idea," the host added after showing the audience a mock-up of such a book. "I read it to my daughter last night and she loved it. An instant classic."
An instant classic appears to be what the Quaid rant has become, no matter its origins.
(Incidentally, if you liked that Kimmel Kartoon, check out the one in which Charlie Sheen's answers to Andrea Canning's interview questions during his meltdown are laid over images from an old Charlie Brown special.)