ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and creator Norman Lear hosted a live, 90-minute prime-time event in tribute to classic television sitcoms. Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family and The Jeffersons. The special aired Wednesday night (May 22) and featured American Idol alum and The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson performing The Jefferson’s theme song.
Fun fact: George Huff, Jennifer’s fellow season 3 American Idol alum is the background singer in the middle. The two have stayed pals and he sings backgrounds for her on tour and for live appearances…like this one!
A star studded cast recreated classic episodes from both sitcoms and included: Woody Harrelson (Archie Bunker), Marisa Tomei (Edith Bunker), Jamie Foxx (George Jefferson), Wanda Sykes (Louise Jefferson), Ellie Kemper (Gloria Stivic), Will Ferrell (Tom Willis), Kerry Washington (Helen Willis), Justina Machado (Florence Johnston), Ike Barinholtz (Meathead), Sean Hayes (Mr. Lorenzo), Amber Stevens West (Jenny Willis Jefferson), Jovan Adepo (Lionel Jefferson), Anthony Anderson (Uncle Henry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bentley) and Jackée Harry (Diane Stockwell).
Watch Jennifer Hudson bring some seventies sass to The Jeffersons theme right here.