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Jimmy Kimmel aims to top Ellen DeGeneres with Clinton family tweet

Anything Ellen can do, Jimmy can do better.

Well, that might not be completely true, but late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was certainly willing to give it a crack by trying to outdo the talk show queen's famous Oscars selfie.

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"I am very much concerned about the direction of our country," answers Hillary Clinton when asked about a 2016 presidential bid during an interview hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

"@TheEllenShow- No Brad Cooper but 3 Clintons & a Kimmel @Bill Clinton @HillaryClinton @ChelseaClinton #selfie," Kimmel tweeted.

The tweet, which came after an interview with the famous family on Saturday night, was parodying Ellen DeGeneres's selfie from this year's Oscars that featured Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper.

Nothing compares to... Ellen: Kimmel and the Clintons.
Nothing compares to... Ellen: Kimmel and the Clintons. 

Ellen's tweet became the most retweeted of all time, with more than 3.4 million retweets, breaking the record previously held by US President Barack Obama.


Obama's reign resulted from a photo of himself hugging his wife, Michelle after he was re-elected in November 2012. "Four more years," said the tweet, that was retweeted around 780,000 times.

During an interview with Obama last week, Ellen michieviously mentioned her Twitter win.

"I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets, and I apologise for doing it," DeGeneres said, "but I broke your retweet record."

The first lady of chat shows may have beaten the first family of the United States, but Kimmel, even with the powerful backing of a former president, couldn't overtake either of them.

So far his tweet has only been retweeted a comparatively paltry 7424 times.

His interview with the Clintons was part of the Clinton Global Initiative University forum at Arizona State University. Presumably the other people in the shot were some of the 1000 students attending the forum.

Kimmel's interview covered how the couple first met at Yale Law School as well as the family's favourite television shows. For good measure, he threw in a few policy questions.

Asking Hilary whether she would run for president in 2016, she replied:

"I am very much concerned about the direction of our country," she said. "And it's not just who runs for office but what they do when they get there and how we bring people together and particularly empower young people so we can tackle these hard decisions."

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