Jimmy Kimmel may not have won the Powerball lottery this weekend, but he got something he wanted even more -- an honorary PhD. The late night comedian had hoped to achieve this distinction, but not for the reasons you might expect.
"I will force (my fiancé) to call me doctor," he kidded with TV Guide last fall "and make all dinner reservations as Dr. Kimmel."
The former host of "The Man Show" added, "If there's a school out there that would be willing to demean themselves in this manner, I would surely appreciate it."
The University of Nevada Las Vegas gambled on their former student's reputation Sunday when it not only awarded him an honorary doctorate, but also asked him to deliver the commencement speech to its graduating class of 2013.
Ironically, Kimmel left the Las Vegas college after a year, heading south to Arizona State University, where he also failed to rack up enough credits to receive his bachelor's degree.
One can only imagine how successful Kimmel would be if he had earned a real diploma.
Of course, the Jay Leno rival couldn't resist making funnies about his fancy new title. "Now I'm officially a doctor, and I will start prescribing," he announced to the crowd.
"I will start with painkillers," he joked.
Despite his milking the situation for comedy, Kimmel is not the only celebrity to receive an honorary doctorate.
Though she never even attended college, Barbra Streisand will be getting a second honorary PhD next month, this time from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.The 71-year-old first became Dr. Streisand in 1995 when she bagged an honorary degree from Brandeis University near Boston. "Argo" director Ben Affleck will receive an honorary doctorate from neighboring Brown University in Rhode Island next week. Even "Sex and the City's" Kim Cattrall managed to pocket a pretend doctorate from John Moores University in her native Liverpool a few years ago.
Meanwhile, a celebrity who took the trouble to earn a bona fide PhD is Mayim Bialik, who has a doctorate in neuroscience. Despite her legit credential, the actress returned to TV to play Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory." As the mother of small children she wanted a job that had shorter hours than those of a research scientist. "I figured actors never work," she quipped "so it's the perfect job to have."
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