Bea Arthur Nude Painting: Purchased by Jimmy Kimmel?!?

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It's official*: Jimmy Kimmel makes way too much money.

The comedian has apparently answered the question of Who the Heck Would Pay $1.9 million for a Painting of Bea Arthur Nude with the following:

I would! As a joke at the expense of friend Jeffrey Ross!

Jeffrey Ross with Bea Arthur Nude Painting

"Biggest surprise of my life. Thank you @jimmykimmel - the most generous guy in the world! #BeaArthur," Ross Tweeted yesterday, along with the above photo.

There's been no official word from anyone in Kimmel's camp yet, but the host apparently wrote back: "@realjeffreyross Bea is watching over all of us, but especially you."

Amen, Ross replied, while the rest of the world sighed, slapped our foreheads... and laughed hysterically.

*UPDATE: Kimmel has Tweeted that it's all a joke and the painting in the picture here is merely a prop.

“Contrary to ‘news’ reports, I didn’t buy the Bea Arthur painting – not even for @realjeffreyross - but I did buy the Mona Lisa Lampanelli," wrote the talk show host online.