"Friendship is a sacred thing, and I believe Facebook is cheapening it," Kimmel said in his announcement. "I go on this Facebook, I see people with thousands of what they call ‘friends' -- which is impossible. You can't have a thousand friends. A friend is someone you have a special relationship with, not someone who asks ‘which "Harry Potter" character are you?' Remember five years ago when nobody was on Facebook and you didn't know what the guy you took high school biology with was having for lunch? Remember how that was totally fine? Let's go back to that."
In the weeks leading to National UnFriend Day, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" asks those who use Facebook to evaluate their so-called "friends." On Nov. 17, those whose status updates are deemed unworthy will be eliminated en masse.
For more on NUD, watch "Jimmy Kimmel Live" each night. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, Kimmel rings in National UnFriend Day with guest Patrick Dempsey and conducts a very special "double" interview with Armie Hammer of "The Social Network."
Watch the video of Kimmel's official declaration of NUD, featuring William Shatner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc5bbz5SB7M