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Jimmy Kimmel to guest-star on The Grinder

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Jimmy Kimmel is going to be a guest on The Grinder. Or rather, the Grinder is going to be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

The late-night host will play himself on Tuesday’s installment of The Grinder, EW has learned exclusively. In the episode, Dean (Rob Lowe), a.k.a. the man who used to star as the Grinder, is stunned — and jealous — when he sees Claire (Natalie Morales) kissing his frenemy, Timothy Olyphant (Timothy Olyphant), in the parking lot. Meanwhile, the family firm’s new client is being accused of smashing windows at car dealerships across Boise, and Claire believes that he’s innocent. To help win the case and impress Claire, Dean winds up calling in a favor and turning to the media — specifically to Kimmel — to help find that criminal. 

“I need to tell you that there is a crime wave … that is currently sweeping … Boise, Idaho … one SUV window at a time,” Dean says in typical dramatic fashion to Kimmel in the scene, which may even include a dig at Olyphant. So … does it? The only way to find out is to preview Dean’s JKL appearance above. 

As you may remember, Lowe appeared as a guest on JKL for real in November, starring in a pre-taped bit in which he didn’t quite understand how the Grindr app works.

Kimmel is the latest famous face slated to pop up on the Fox comedy. Maya Rudolph and Sopranos star Tony Sirico will appear in upcoming episodes; the show’s recent guests have included Olyphant, Jason Alexander, Christina Applegate and Nathan Fielder.

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The Grinder airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.