Jimmy Kimmel surprised one of his¬†employees with an intervention on Tuesday.
The late-night host¬†said a “Jimmy Kimmel Live”¬†writer named Gary collects junk he think is funny, and keeps it in his office because his wife won’t let him bring it home anymore. Thousands of items accumulated include a five-foot duck, a stuffed rabbi, a “Daddy Saddle,” a tie press, and a book called “The Mystery of the Midget Clown.”
“I¬†do not have a hoarding problem… I have good, funny, weird items that you cannot find any place. That is not hoarding, that is collecting,” Gary insisted. “I refuse to believe I’m a hoarder. My wife thinks I’m a hoarder.”
Kimmel recruited “Hoarders” star Matt Paxton to convince Gary that he has a problem and encourage him to throw out or donate much of the items. Paxton agreed Gary needed help.
“I would say that there’s nothing that’s going to surprise me when I enter a home,” Paxton said, “but I immediately saw a five-foot duck in the middle of a 10-foot office.”
Gary tried to plead with Kimmel to let him keep some of the items, including a Syracuse invention.
“I used to sell shoes,” Gary¬†said when they threatened to throw out a Brannock device.
“So did I. Guess what? I don’t have¬†it —¬†Brannock device, I know what that is. You don’t need that,” Kimmel responded.
Syracuse inventor Charles Brannock¬†designed the foot-measuring instrument seen in shoe stores everywhere.¬†His father Otis co-owned the Park-Brannock Shoe Co. in downtown Syracuse in the early 1900s, and Charles, while attending Syracuse University,¬†sought to determine how to measure the length and width of feet. He built a prototype using an Erector set¬†and patented the device in 1926.
In the end, Kimmel and Paxton disposed of 65,972 “pieces of nonsense,” but Gary proudly kept his second Brannock device — mounted on the wall in his office.
“You know, there is a silver lining if I thought about it,” Gary said. “Even though I’m losing this stuff, at least it’s getting on TV and the world gets to see it one last time and though I may have lost my spirit, I didn’t lose my second Brannock device. This thing’s a classic.”