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Power Outage Prompts Jimmy Kimmel to Tape Show on Macbook Webcam

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As Jimmy Kimmel and his crew revved up for a Monday night taping, things went a bit sideways: the power went out, meaning no taping could occur. Kimmel was reportedly annoyed, but the show turned out to be a viral hit since they used a Macbook's webcam as the sole camera used in interviews with Seth Rogen and John Henson.

A L.A. Department of Water and Power spokesperson said there were no signs of a power outages reported at or around the former Hollywood Masonic Temple space, where the show is taped. Two weeks ago, an LADWP surge caused two Los Angeles network TV stations to go dark for over an hour in the middle of the afternoon.

An ABC spokesperson was unsure if the outage was contained to the building, but did said power went out at 6:30 p.m. and was restored by 9:05 p.m. Lights, apparently powered for emergencies, stayed on.

Whatever the case, some think it was all a stunt. Folks at the Unofficial Apple Weblog theorized that it could have been one big advertisement for Apple. "Jimmy's network, ABC, is a Disney division," explained Michael Rose. "Disney, in turn, owns Pixar; naturally, Pixar's chairman sits on Disney's board and happens to be the largest single shareholder in the entertainment mega-conglomerate."

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But Kimmel had his own humorous theory on the outage. “I blame BP for this,” he told the New York Times. “I’m sure they’re responsible somehow.”

Funny enough, True/Slant writer Kashmir Hill was in the audience that night and observed Kimmel's exasperation with the whole ordeal. She also, related the event to BP, but with a different twist. "The whole time, my friends and I kept thinking to ourselves that it was reminiscent of the BP oil spill — as if no one had ever thought about a back-up plan should the studio cameras malfunction," she wrote. "Luckily, though, an Apple MacBook saved the day. Has BP thought about throwing those at the slick?"