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Hemsworth, who phoned into the show via Skype for the big reveal, went on to thank his predecessors.
“Thank you Matt and all the other previous intelligent men,” he said.
Prior to the announcement, Kimmel had the studio audience make guesses at this year’s SMA by playing 20 Questions with a hidden Hemsworth.
The host added that the audience member who guessed correctly would get to “make love” to the Sexiest Man Alive.
But what about Hemsworth’s equally sexy brother, Liam Hemsworth? Is he jealous about his sibling’s new title?
“He’s been a real team player for this one,” said Chris. “We’ve been throwing sexy looks back and forth all week.”
Finally, the actor had one other thank you to deliver: “My parents, I guess, for putting this together,” he said, gesturing to his body.
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