Is comedian and talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel really taking verbal jabs at rival Matt Damon at LAX?
Starting Tuesday, he is. Kimmel is one of four local celebrities now welcoming visitors to Los Angeles International Airport through recorded greetings.
“We apologize for the construction, but you’ll forget all about it once you get on the 405,” Kimmel says in his recorded message. “We hope you enjoy your stay in Los Angeles, and if you need anything at all, call Matt Damon. He has no friends.”
Airport officials said the new celebrity greetings will include local entertainers, sports figures, musicians, actors, chefs and other voices that “echo the spirit of Los Angeles.”
“Los Angeles is globally recognized as the entertainment capital of the world, offering the best in movies, television, sports, music, food and culture,” said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. “We continue to put the Los Angeles in LAX by offering our guests immersive experiences, from fashion shows to performances by local musicians and artists. We are excited to begin welcoming tens of millions of people with voices of iconic, local personalities.”
In addition to Kimmel, other voices in the first group of celebrity recordings welcoming visitors are:
— Justin Turner, third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers;
— Gustavo Dudamel, conductor and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and
— Susan Feniger, Los Angeles-based chef, author, radio and TV personality and owner of BBQ Mexicana, Socalo and Border Grill restaurants.
“Like music, people and places have the power to inspire,” Dudamel says in his message. “The city of Los Angeles has long been a source of inspiration for me. The scenery, the sites and of course, the sounds. I’m glad you are here, and hope your stay hits all the right notes.”
The welcome messages will rotate throughout the day and will be replaced on a regular basis with new voices broadcast on the overhead announcement system at curbs and inside terminals. The messages will identify each speaker and welcome travelers to Los Angeles.
Additional voices will be announced as they are included in the rotation, LAX officials said.