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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jon Hamm Defends Imo's on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (VIDEO)

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

       Jon Hamm sticks up for St. Louis. | YouTube
  •        Jon Hamm sticks up for St. Louis. | YouTube

Hometown boy Jon Hamm -- fresh off his latest loss at this week's Emmy Awards -- stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday to promote his new movie A Young Doctor's Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and talk about how much he loves St. Louis.

"For those who don't know, you are from St. Louis," Kimmel said to Hamm during the segment. "There is a pizza place that I've been at odds with called Imo's Pizza in St. Louis. Now, it's a beloved chain in St. Louis and...the pizza by the way is terrible."

Whoa whoa whoa. Whoa. Luckily, Hamm was all over it.

See also: Judah Friedlander Buys Firebird Crowd Imo's Pizza After Show, Jimmy Kimmel Still Hates It

This is not the first time Kimmel has talked smack about Imo's. He's already sparred with native daughter and former Office star Jenna Fischer over it. When comedian Judah Friedlander bought a St. Louis audience Imo's after his show, Kimmel asked Friedlander why he was punishing them.

"I get a lot of abuse from people in St. Louis when I make fun of their terrible, terrible pizza place," said Kimmel last night.

Naturally, he had to bring it up with Hamm, but this time he actually had Imo's delivered all the way to Los Angeles. Kimmel challenged Hamm to a taste test: Imo's versus a wood-fired pizza that Kimmel made himself. It was battle between "Imo's or Jim-o's."

See also: Jenna Fischer Talks Favorite St. Louis Foods With Jimmy Kimmel, He Calls Imo's The Worst Pizza Ever

Though this may have been the worst kind of ambush pizza journalism, the Mad Men star handled it with aplomb and stuck up for his hometown. Watch:

In case you missed it, Hamm dropped all kinds of pearls of wisdom about Imo's, St. Louis, and, if you get right down to it, about life itself:

  • "You want to get the middle piece. Because that's where all the good stuff is."
  • "You can taste the Gateway Arch. It tastes like eleven World Series victories."
  • "I'm a St. Louisan. We have a lot of weird stuff that we eat. Have you had toasted ravioli?"

(To which Kimmel replies, "Yes, they're disgusting also.")

On the next page: Watch GIFs of the drama and read the Twitter response from Imo's

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