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'Kimmel': Tom Arnold Tried to Save Peter Criss from Drugs and Homelessness (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 15th 2011 6:11AM
Tom Arnold, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Fresh out of rehab, Tom Arnold was on top of the world. More importantly, he was ready to pay it forward. As he told 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), he took a tip from 'The National Enquirer' and tracked down Peter Criss. The tabloid said the KISS drummer was homeless in Santa Monica.

As his story progressed, we started to anticipate the inevitable punchline, but the way it came about was still deliciously twisted. Arnold put Criss up in a motel room and checked in on him periodically, trying to help the guy get cleaned up and maybe get into rehab.

But then his old girlfriend from Boston wanted to take care of him. The two battled it out until one day Criss was gone from the motel. The girlfriend had had him brought to her.

"I get a call back from her four hours later," Arnold said. "She goes, 'Oh my gosh. He's in my living room. He's throwing up. And he's not Peter Criss.'"

"I assumed it was him 'cause he didn't have the cat makeup on," he explained to Jimmy Kimmel. At least he can be pleased that he did help someone, even if it wasn't someone famous that he was going to take the credit for.

Watch the full interview here:

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LARGEHUMAN

Tom Arnolds sister was one of this countries largest Meth dealers in the Midwest and is responsible for ruining countless numbers of lives...

April 15 2011 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Tom Arnold thinks of Tom Arnold and only Tom Arnold. Hes the kind of person that would hand you an anchor if you fell overboard

April 15 2011 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob

This story is based in truth...
Peter Criss's identity was stolen by a homeless man in living under a pier in Santa Monica. Peter Criss confronted the guy on the “Phil Donahue Show” in 1991.
I must have been watching VH1 at the same time as Tom Arnold, because they just played the clip a few weeks ago in the "biggest scandals of the 90's" hehe!

April 15 2011 at 3:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
stlaferty

I actually recall this guy who was telling people he was Peter Criss being on a talk WITH Peter Criss, who asked him why he chose to impersonate Mr. Criss, and Yes, Tom Arnold and his then partner Roseanne, did try to help the guy.
Good for he and Roseanne.

April 15 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dickn2000b

I don't quite know what to make of this story. Trying to save a person's life, particularly from drugs, is a serious subject. The teaser headline intimated that it was serious. I watched the video and all I got from it was that Tom Arnold, amid laughs from both him and Kimmel, tried to save the wrong person. This just isn't funny. It's sad, it's sick (that Arnold and Kimmel are laughing about it), and it's stupid. What kind of shallow people are these two?

April 15 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
MARSHA

Tom Arnold is a goofball. He really seems to be out of his mind!

April 15 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Hitmanblues

How come he can help out someone who has alredy made it and made plenty but for those of us sho are still trying to make it there is no help

April 15 2011 at 3:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
madddddddddddddd

WHAT A GREAT STORY,GOOFY BUT GOOD.................

April 15 2011 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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