On Tuesday, late night host Jimmy Kimmel had Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The two men explained to a live studio audience what Reddit is — Ohanian called it “the front page of the internet, […] and a social network with tens of thousands of communities.” Kimmel and Ohanian then opened up a photo of a dog on said “front page,” clicked on the user who posted it, and proceeded to comb through redditor gryff42’s browsing history live on television.

Kimmel, spotting gryff42’s comment on a popular post in r/tifu (Today, I Fucked Up), proclaimed the user’s history “filthy,” and then scrolled away. As gryff42 explained via Reddit on Wednesday, he doesn’t routinely post pornographic content or engage with it — a quick search through his posting history confirms that. The post Kimmel noticed wasn’t his; he was only making a joke on “TIFU by taking amphetamines and subsequently masturbating my limp penis for 6 hours [NSFW].” To be fair to gryff42, he’s one of nearly 2400 people to comment on the post, which has been upvoted almost 24,000 times at the time of this writing.

In his follow-up post to the Kimmel incident, gryff42 wrote, “Well I hardly ever post filthy stuff but I commented on a NSFW TIFU a few days ago and I think Jimmy thought it was my submission at the short glance he took. Keep in mind they even named and showed my username - he made it look like there was a lot of filthy stuff going on in my history so this was quite embarrassing for me and Im getting a lot of crazy messages now.” (sic)

The top comment, very apt, on the explanation post.

This isn’t the first time a user’s Reddit history was used against him; many may remember the short-lived case of Ken Bone, a rotund man who asked a question of President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential debate. Charmed by his red sweater and comical mustache, the internet responded enthusiastically to Bone, hailing him as a bipartisan bright spot in an ugly race for the White House.

However, when Bone began posting on his Reddit account, curious researchers discovered that Bone had been commenting on pornographic subreddits, complimenting models and asking for more photos of their naked bodies. Because Bone was outed as a man who enjoys looking at photos of naked women (?), his “brand” tanked before he could even profit from it. (He also made shitty, non-committal comments about the murder of Trayvon Martin, which certainly didn’t help.) Oddly enough, Bone actually appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! before his downfall.

It’s possible that Jimmy Kimmel has an issue with Reddit users in general, and it begs the question: can we see what Kimmel is into via his comment history? How much do you want to bet, given his vitriol toward those who look at NSFW Reddit posts, that he frequents those same corners of the internet?


See also: “Inverse’s Guide to the Best Porn Subreddits”