The Handsome Men's Club may want to reconsider.
While this isn't new-news anymore, we couldn't go one more morning-after an airing of a new episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! without mentioning the clipped-to-perfection beard that Jimmy Kimmel has been sporting for the last month or so.
He looks so good! And we've been thinking as much every time the 47-year-old funnyman has been on TV, even when he was chewing on an Emmy envelope, saying to ourselves, "Damn, Jimmy!"
You know a beard is working for a guy when you're still marveling over how great it looks even when he's sitting next to Johnny Depp. Similarly, just the other night when he was suffering through couple's counseling with Matt Damon, we couldn't stop thinking of how he deserves a place in the Beard Hall of Fame's part-timers wing (reserved for the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal or Keanu Reeves, who, while not known expressly for being bearded, wears one awfully well when it happens).
Halle Berry said it right off the bat on Aug. 18, the first words out of her mouth when she sat down being, "You look so good in that beard...Really! You work it well."
You'd think it would've become a thing after that.
But no, minus a quick appreciation from Gawker almost two weeks after Halle's appearance, people aren't really talking about the beard.
And attention should be paid! Among its many merits: It looks casually effortless, it seemingly just appeared overnight (though more like after his end-of-summer vacation), it helps—almost—to hide the blush when guests such as Miley Cyrus show up wearing nipple pasties and, last but not least, it places him in that ultra-rare class of fellows who look younger with a beard.
God bless Stephen Colbert's salt-and-pepper (but mostly salt) scruff, Brad Pitt's I-don't-want-to-be-judged-by-my-looks face mane and George Clooney's wise, I've-been-busy-producing whiskers.
But all three (just to name a few) drop 10 years from their face the second they shave.
It turns out we're not the only ones still losing our s--t weeks later over Jimmy's beard, however—apparently that face is still turning heads (down to phones, so that viewers can tweet) on a nightly basis. Here's a sampling of the nearly unanimous appreciation for what's been happening over there: