An hour after Donald Trump’s first State of the Union ended, Stormy Daniels, the porn actress who, according to InTouch Magazine, gave an interview in 2011 saying that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Theoretically, Kimmel and Daniels had a lot to talk about.
Kimmel introduced Daniels as an “Actor and director who either did or did not receive $130,000 to either be or not be here tonight,” and admitted he was caught off-guard by Daniels’s statement denying the reported affair with Trump.
Kimmel spent most of the interview phrasing questions with a lot of “Did or did not”s and double-negatives, and Daniels spent most of the interview cracking jokes about the wild stuff that shows up online.
Kimmel read excerpts from the recently published InTouch interview transcript, and Daniels claimed she didn’t participate in the InTouch interview “As it is written” and hasn’t read the full transcript yet.
Kimmel’s most creative attempt at getting Daniels to confirm on his show that she had a sexual encounter with the president 12 years ago involved a Stormy Daniels puppet, which Daniels operated in a game of Never Have I Ever.
The statement circulated on Twitter – the one Daniels said she had no idea about – denied any sexual relationship between her and Trump.
The rumors about Daniels and Trump resurfaced earlier this month, when the Wall Street Journal reported on Jan. 12 that Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen allegedly arranged a payment of $130,000 for Daniels a month before the 2016 election.
Cohen has since said the president denies any such encounter with Daniels took place and provided the Wall Street Journal a statement from Daniels saying she never had an affair with Trump, nor did she receive any “hush” money.