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Jimmy Kimmel pledges to hire federal workers during government shutdown

Jimmy Kimmel is putting his money where his mouth is.

The comedian and frequent critic of President Trump announced Monday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that he will put one federal employee on his show every day until the government shutdown ends.

"I wanted to join in," Kimmel said on his late-night talk show.

The comedian then his Hollywood studio audience to John Kostelnik, a law enforcement officer at California's Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville. Kostelnik walked on the sleek set wearing what appeared to be his work uniform and later assured the crowd that someone was, in fact, watching the prisons.

"Do you want to be used as a pawn in this fight over a wall?" Kimmel answered.

"Absolutely," answered Kostelnik, who is also the president of his local prison employee union and has a vocal about the hazards of staffing cuts.

So what could a prison guard do on a talk show? Could he play an instrument perhaps? No? Well, here's a tambourine anyway.

Kimmel sent the newly minted musician over to the show's band with just one mandate: "Really go wild."

"That's called solving problems, folks," concluded Kimmel, who has been committed to more than 800,000 federal employees whose paychecks are affected by the shutdown.

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