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Jimmy Kimmel Announces Rare Summer Break From His Late-Night Show

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By Chris Barilla

In a rare announcement for the always-consistent talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel announced Thursday that he would be taking a summer break from the hit ABC program.

The 52-year-old personality took some time during the show's most recent episode to announce that it would be his last broadcast for the summer. Kimmel further elaborated that the decision was not based on any one thing particularly wrong in his life, just a wish to be able to spend more time around family uninhibited by work obligations.

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"Tonight is my last new show for the summer. I’m taking the summer off to spend even more time with my family," the host mentioned to viewers. "I’ve been doing this job for almost 18 years. I’ve done 3,130 shows."

During a segment titled 'An Unwanted Visit from the Demon Matt Damon,' Kimmel broke down his reasoning for the break, something that has only happened a handful of times in the last nearly two decades of him being one of the most recognizable faces on late night television.

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"There’s nothing wrong me, my family is healthy, I’m healthy,” he said. “I just need a couple of months off. So, while I’m gone, a cavalcade of very kind and capable people will be filling in for me. I think you’re going to be very happy with them. They will be guest hosting the show," Kimmel explained to fans. While not elaborating on who the guests will be, this is not the first time the talk show host has handed the reigns off to other celebrity faces.

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Back in 2017, Kimmel also notably took a break from the program when his son was born with a congenital disease that forced him to endure multiple surgeries to attempt to correct. In the time that Kimmel was home caring for his son, the famed late-night show was taken over by the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Dave Grohl, Chris Pratt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jennifer Lawrence filling in and creating a bevy of notable moments in the program's history.

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Kimmel's announcement comes after the news that he will be hosting the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, a prestigious hosting role that he was carefully selected for.

In a statement about her decision, Karey Burke, President of ABC Entertainment, said, "We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a uniquely entertaining, funny and moving Primetime Emmys show. He's a true master of ceremonies who reveres this industry and its people; and just as Jimmy has done with his own show over the past few months, he will tackle this momentous event with heart and humor, and bring some much-needed joy and optimism to our television colleagues and viewers at home."

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