Gabourey Sidibe Reveals How She Pulled Off the Ultimate Prank at Jimmy Kimmel's Wedding

by Jackie Willis 6:02 AM PDT, March 18, 2016
Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live

Gabourey Sidibe nearly married Jimmy Kimmel!

On Thursday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Empire star finally revealed how she conspired with Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, to prank the late-night host at his own wedding. During his July 2013 nuptials, Kimmel was shocked when Sidibe started walking down the aisle in a full-on wedding dress instead of McNearney.

Sidibe said that Kimmel's then fiancee insisted they keep the prank secret, not even telling the bride's family or guests. The 32-year-old actress said she didn't even reveal the plan to her friend that escorted her to the ceremony, and recalled that McNearney's family was confused when she came over to see the bride dressed in a wedding gown. Kimmel added, "So Molly's dad sees you and he goes to Molly and says, 'It's going to be OK, but apparently they double booked the wedding. There's another bride here.'"

Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Photo: Jimmy Kimmel Live

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"I thought somebody was going to jump me," Sidibe quipped. "I thought someone was going to tackle me and be like, 'Not Molly's day!'"

The late-night host remembered being overwhelmed with laughter. "I was crying but I was crying from laughing so hard," he said. "It really was a spectacular moment."

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Years later, Sidibe is making headlines for her on-screen romance on Empire, which included a racy love scene last season. "When I was shooting it, I kind of didn't think it was that big of a deal," Sidibe told ET. "I am just living my life."

Take note Empire writers, Sidibe makes for a great bride!