Ho, ho, ho or ha, ha, ha?
John Krasinski and Jimmy Kimmel's Christmas prank war escalated Tuesday when the actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to recount some of the tricks he played on the host this year. In a tradition that began four years ago, the former neighbors have turned each other's homes into winter wonderlands, faked crashing a car and more, forcing them to up the ante in 2015. "I was under the impression it was, like, my turn this year to do something to you," Kimmel said. The Hollars director laughed and told his friend, "My greatest joy about this year's prank is that we alternate, and I robbed you of the joy. And when I did the prank to you I remember seeing your eyes like, 'That's really funny. I hate you.'"
Kimmel had planned to make the first move. "Because I knew you were coming I was like, 'Oh, we gotta do something to John when he's here,' and I was concocting a thing," he explained.
Krasinski beat him to the punch Tuesday afternoon. As Kimmel worked in his office, a harness lifted a half-naked Santa Claus into the air and dangled him—and his holly berries, if you will—in front of a window. "What the f--k is going on here?" Kimmel asked before shutting his blinds.
"That was much more graphic than it appeared on television," he said.
Krasinski clarified, "That wasn't me."
The pranks had actually begun several days before. In the next clip, Kimmel returned to his dressing room after Monday's taping and was getting ready to change. Hearing a clamor coming from behind a closed door, Kimmel became wary. "I am not going in this room. I don't know what's in here," he said. "It smells weird, though." He opened the door and saw a reindeer with a tag that read, "Ho, Ho, Ho! From, Your Secret Santa." The comedian laughed, pleading, "Enough already!" He later told Krasinski, "That thing crapped all over my bathroom."
In the third clip, a crew transformed Kimmel's office into the North Pole, complete with statues of poinsettias, polar bears statues and presents. When he arrived, Kimmel laughed at the scene. "Oh, my God! Foiled again" he joked. "Oh, my God. Oh, boy." He then opened a present with a tag that read "Open Me" as Krasinski, who was dressed in a nutcracker costume, popped out to scare his pal and cover him in fake snow. "What the hell?" Kimmel asked. "This was my office."