Clay Aiken Visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ To Promote New Album

‘American Idol’ season two runner-up visited ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Tuesday night (September 26) to promote his new album ‘A Thousand Different Ways’. He talked about his spirited fans, some who had waited since Sunday in line to see the show, his role on the President’s committee for people with intellectual disabilities, getting held up in traffic in New York City because of President Bush’s UN visit, items for sale on his web site, and a pair of fans who got the autographs Clay wrote on their backs tattooed. Read on for a rough transcript.

Jimmy: Our next guest has a new album. A new hair style. And a large and powerful army of fanatical, loyal fans. Who may, at this point, be developing nuclear weaponry. His third album “a thousand different ways” is in stores now. Please say hello to the man whose poster adorns my bedroom wall — my best friend in the whole world. Clay Aiken, everybody.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Chrs and applause ]

Clay: Wow. Congratulations.

Jimmy: Thank you. I’m very proud of this Relly award.

Clay: We got it shined up.

Jimmy: How did you get my Relly?

Clay: I took it out of your office.

[ Laughter ]

Jimmy: How is everything?

Clay: Very, very good.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jimmy: Let me ask you a question and please be honest — are you ever scared of your fans?

Clay: There was one in the line today —

[ Laughter ] That freaked me out a little bit.

Jimmy: Oh, yeah. That guy with the sign. That idiot with the sign. Do you think that if you encourage your fans to kill someone for you —

[ Laughter ] — Would you guys? If Clay said, like, get that guy and kill him, would you do that for him?

[ Screams ]

Clay: I would.

Clay: You would. We would never do that. If you’re mean to me, they will beat you up.

[ Cheers and applause ] But you don’t do that.

Jimmy: It’s unbelievable. Honestly, George a I were talking about it during the commercial break. It’s like a sporting event when you come out here.

[ Laughter ] The screaming and the yelling. And the craziness.

Clay: It’s strange because I’ve never done well in any sports whatsoever in my life.

[ Laughter ]

Jimmy: I think you could if you tried. This is something that has to get annoying. I’m sure it does. The screaming. Everywhere you go, people tearing you apart.

Clay: The tearing apart could be problematic.

Jimmy: It could be problematic.

[ Laughter ]

Jimmy: You’re part of the president’s — are you part of his cabinet now? Or how does it work?

Clay: Some committee for — for individuals with intellectual disabilities I’m taking part in.

Jimmy: You were appointed to this position, right?

[ Cheers and applause ] It’s a presidential committee.

Clay: Right.

Jimmy: Have you met President Bush?

Clay: I haven’t met — I haven’t met him. But I — he held me up the other day. I was in New York. It was U.N. Week. I was walking back to my hotel. I had to stand on the side of the road, 25 minutes waiting for the motorcade to come by. All the streets were blocked off. That’s going to be the first order of business in the next meeting. And discussing how I can get to my hotel and he can hurry up.

Jimmy: I hope you’re a firm but gentle leader. Why were you walking? How is that possible that you were walking?

Clay: I did have a car. We were leaving “Good Morning America.” And
we were in the car getting ready to go. And there was a swarm of people around the car. And, like, lots. And the door — I couldn’t get the door to lock. And i said could you lock the door, please? And he didn’t say anything. And i said could you please lock the door. “They will be locked.” Could you lock it now? I need you to lock it now. He said, they will be locked!

[ Cheers and applause ] Don’t cheer. It scared me so bad. I made everybody get out of the car. I said go, go, go. And we walked back because he scared me to death.

Jimmy: Wow.

Clay: I was afraid for my life. We needed you to beat him up.

[ Screams ]

Jimmy: Yeah. In fairness, though, it wasn’t for them, there wouldn’t have been a problem at all.

[ Laughter ] You were able to walk quietly down the street. Now, I found some items at your official website. These are the real items.

[ Laughter ]

Clay: I’m wearing those right now.

Jimmy: Christmas-themed shorts here. We’ve got a thong.

[ Cheers and applause ] Do you personally approve of these items?

Clay: Yes, of course. Yes.

Jimmy: And this is my favorite, actually. This is the Clay Aiken chiminea. If they’re cold, they put it on their neck and walk around.

[ Laughter ]

Clay: Does anyone have one?

Jimmy: We borrowed these from some of your fans, actually. You know why? They’re sold out on your website. I swear to god. They’re sold out.

Clay: That’s go.

Jimmy: A little cardboard Clay Aiken sign.

[ Laughter ]

Clay: That’s for the church. You know, for the small country churches.

[ Laughter ] Lord. Jesus.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jimmy: There you go. Now, you — we’ve gone over this time and time again about how crazy your fans are.

Clay: Enthusiastic.

Jimmy: Enthusiastic.

[ Cheers and applause ] Over at the record store the Virgin Megastore today. You were signing — and there were a couple of ladies. And their goal was to get cy to sign their backs so they could have his name tattooed on their backs. We sent the cameras out. Take a look at this.

My name is Mary.

My name is Phoebe.

We’re here to get Clay’s signature and get it tattooed.

We love you so much.

Clay: What’s your name?

I’m phoebe. Where are you from?

I’m from Utah. Salt Lake City.

Clay: And you are?


Clay: Mary. Thank u so much.

Thank you. We will come show you.

I’m ready. Let’s do this.


Woo! That one hurt.

I think we’re done.

We love you, clay. Thank you.

This is for you, clay.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jimmy: Wow. They’re right there, with their new tattoos.

Clay: Can they come up and show us?

Jimmy: Yeah. Let’s take a look at those tattoos. And, wow. That’s commitment. And that is love right there.

Clay: Come here. That is — oh, my god.

[ Laughter ] Turn around so everybody can see. Thank you very much. Give me a hug. That’s amazing.

[ Cheers and applause ] You know, jimmy, i was so moved by their — I actually got — i got a tattoo of my own, actually.

Jimmy: You did?

[ Laughter ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jimmy: Wow. That is — that’s horrifying.

Clay: But you know what’s better? It’s like a buy it plan for you. Get up close. When my leg’s like this. But then, you get really skinny when I do like this.

[ Laughter ]

Jimmy: This is why there are rumors about me and you together. This sort of thing.

Clay: I shaved my leg for you.

Jimmy: Well, thank you.

[ Cheers and applause ] I shaved my stomach. But just for the hell of
it. Well, how flattering. This is your new CD, right there.

[ Laughter ] It’s called “A Thousand Different Ways.” That is crazy. You — I never imagined that when you were a young man starting on “American Idol,” one day you would have my face tattooed on your calf.

Clay: For eternity.

Jimmy: I saw that you may very well topple Justin Timberlake at the top of the charts.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Clay: Maybe. We’ll see.

Jimmy: We’ll see. It’s a big success story. Do you own Justin Timberlake’s CD?

Clay: I don’t.

Jimmy: You don’t.

Clay: I don’t want the competition. I don’t want him getting points.

Jimmy: Wait a few weeks. Then, you buy it. There you go. Congratulations on everything. What are we going to hear from you tonight?

Clay: We’re going to do “A Thousand Days” off the album.

[ Cheers and applause ] And then — and then, for the loyal and devoted, we’re going to go back and do invisible from the first album.

Jimmy: There you go, everybody. We’ll be right back. Clay Aiken on the Pontiac Garage.

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