The Michigan rapper says he and Kimmel want to remind everyone that real people are being affected by what's going on in Detroit.
He tells the Detroit Free Press, through his publicist, that news reports ignore people who have lost their jobs without getting big payouts after dedicating themselves to the auto industry.
Eminem says he and Kimmel also want to show some of the autoworkers "a good time while we're at it."
He's promoting the upcoming release of "Relapse," his first studio album in four years.
Eminem will also appear on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on May 19 and May 22.