In a dazzling reveal on Tuesday night’s broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the illustrious title of People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2023 was bestowed upon none other than Patrick Dempsey. The actor renowned for his roles in “Ferrari” and “Grey’s Anatomy” took center stage as this year’s honoree.
Prior to the grand announcement, Dempsey engaged in an entertaining Q&A session with the audience, donning playful face filters, first morphing into a realistic lizard and then playfully adopting a donkey persona on the late-night talk show.
In an interview with People magazine, an elated Dempsey expressed his sentiments about the accolade, saying, “I’m glad it’s happening at this point in my life. It’s nice to have the recognition, and certainly, my ego takes a little bump, but it gives me the platform to use it for something positive.”
When asked about his initial reaction to the news, Dempsey chuckled and confessed, “I was completely shocked, and then I started laughing, like, this is a joke, right? I’ve always been the bridesmaid!”
Earlier in the day, notable names like Pedro Pascal, Timothée Chalamet, Usher, Jamie Foxx, Lenny Kravitz, and Philadelphia Eagles’ star center Jason Kelce had been mentioned as part of the “many, many sexy men” featured in People magazine’s 2023 Sexiest Man Alive issue, alongside the distinguished honoree, Patrick Dempsey.
The Sexiest Man Alive feature has been a longstanding annual tradition for People magazine, dating back to its inception in 1985 when Mel Gibson claimed the inaugural title at the age of 29. Last year’s recipient of the honor was Chris Evans, and recent awardees have included Paul Rudd, Michael B. Jordan, John Legend, and Idris Elba.
Tuesday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was further enlivened by a musical performance from Saint Harison and an engaging interview with the hosts of the “Pod Save America” podcast, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor.
Readers can get their hands on People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue, which includes an in-depth interview with Patrick Dempsey, when it becomes available for purchase on Friday.