As he prepares to celebrate two decades late at night, Jimmy Kimmel has agreed to stay for at least three more years. Kimmel announced Tuesday that he would continue his run as host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” through the show’s 23rd season, extending his contract — which was set to expire next year.
Kimmel has been a host and executive producer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” since 2003 as host and executive producer. “After two decades at ABC, I’m now looking forward to three years of what they call ‘quiet quits,'” he joked in a statement.
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The news comes as Kimmel prepares to return to Brooklyn next week for the show’s sixth visit to the neighborhood. This is the first time “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has been back in New York since 2019 (before the COVID-19 pandemic stopped such travel, of course). The late-night talk show will be re-recorded in front of a live studio audience at the Howard Gilman Opera House of the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The news of Kimmel’s renewal comes as the overnight space has begun to shift, following the cancellation of TBS’ “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” and the dissolution of Showtime’s “Desus & Mero” partnership. “The Late Late Show with James Corden” host James Corden also announced plans to leave his CBS show next year.
Kimmel is by far the longest running late night talk show in ABC history. He is also now the host with the longest tenure currently running late at night since Conan O’Brien ended his show last year.
“For 20 years, Jimmy Kimmel has been a big part of the ABC family and the heartbeat of nighttime television,” Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals, said in a statement. “Not only has he entertained our audience night after night with his sharp comedy, dynamic interviews and irreverent humor, but he has also carried us with optimism and heart through some of the most momentous events in our history. There is no one funnier and more authentic than Jimmy. We are so proud of the incredibly talented team of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ and couldn’t be happier to continue our partnership.”
Since the show’s launch, Kimmel has created some of the earliest viral video sensations, bumping Matt Damon off his show every night, hosting the Oscars twice and hosting the Primetime Emmys multiple times — including, most recently in 2020 , in the midst of the pandemic .
The host had hinted in interviews in recent years that he might be ending his show in the near future. Kimmel recently extended his ABC contract in 2019 for another three years. At the time, he told reporters he had “seriously considered” ending his ABC evening show before then — ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke and Disney TV Studios bosses Dana Walden and Peter Rice convinced him to continue with his show.
“I think I felt appreciated and that’s important, even if you have a job that people think is a glamorous job,” Kimmel said during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in 2019. “You still want to feel like your company has your back and so do I.”
In June, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” went well and became the number 1 talk show among adults aged 18-49 for several weeks. Over the weeks of June 6 and 13, “Kimmel” scored the two of the strongest weeks for any late night talk show on any network so far this year among adults ages 18-49, according to ABC. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” also received an Emmy nomination for talk show series this year, the show’s twelfth.
In 2018, Kimmel launched Kimmelot Prods., in partnership with Brent Montgomery of Wheelhouse Entertainment. In addition to “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” his recent series includes executive producer of the “Crank Yankers” revival, as well as host and executive producer of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” return in 2020 and 2021. He is currently creator /executive producer of the Kelly Ripa hosted game show “Generation Gap”.
Kimmel has also received accolades for her leading role, along with Norman Lear and Brent Miller, on the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” franchise. The first two editions won Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Variety Special (live), while the most recent episode, which took on “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” received an Emmy nomination this year.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” continues to air weeknights from the El Capitan Entertainment Center on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel, Erin Irwin, Molly McNearney, Jennifer Sharron, and David Craig are executive producers on the show; Douglas DeLuca serves as co-executive producer. “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is produced by 1205 AM Productions LLC in association with Kimmelot and ABC Signature.
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