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First Lady continues to elude ‘GMA’ but says ‘yes’ to Jimmy Kimmel

Michelle Obama (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

 Michelle Obama will visit Hollywood-based Kimmel on Thursday, Oct. 25 — the same day she’s scheduled to attend a fundraiser at Will Smith’s house — to “encourage Americans to exercise their right to vote.” 

 Kimmel, who sat next to Michelle Obama on the dais when he hosted this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, will “encourage the First Lady to eat more pizza,” ABC said.

Michelle Obama has also booked to guest on ABC daytime talker, “Live with Kelly and Michael” this Friday, Oct. 19. But that appearance is being taped today, Wednesday Oct. 17.

 The First Lady’s “Live” broadcast will air the morning after GOP First Lady hopeful Ann Romney stops by ABC’s other talker, “The View” to fulfill her husband’s promise to sit down with the ladies of that show, after he was caught on a widely-circulated tape of a private fundraiser, at which he said appearing on “The View” was a “high-risk” proposition because of the four “sharp-tongued” non-conservative co-hosts (Romney bailed on the appointment earlier this week, citing a scheduling conflict).

 “GMA” has been trying hard for weeks now to schedule the First Lady as a “Super Special Guest Who Gets to Interview Other Guests” on the show, coinciding with the program’s campaign to book “celeb” guest co-hosts while regular co-host Robin Roberts is on medical leave.

 “You should know at home, we invited Michelle Obama here for a special morning as well, and she is still working out her schedule. We hope to see her soon,” “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos told viewers last week when Ann Romney was the show’s “Super Special Guest Who Gets to Interview Other Guests.”

Ann Romney was a guest-host on "Good Morning America” last week. (IDA MAE ASTUTE /ABC)



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