It looks like comedian and late-night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, is staying on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for the next three years. According to a press release from ABC, Kimmel has re-upped his contract with ABC, which will take his current deal through Season 23 of his late-night talk show.
The new contract extension makes Kimmel one of the longest-running talk show hosts in the history of American television. Under the new contract, Kimmel continues as host and executive producer of his Emmy Award-winning show through its 23rd season.
Jimmy Kimmel Extends Contract With ABC Through Season 23
Besides his talk show, Kimmel hosted the Academy Awards ceremonies for back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018. He also hosted “The Prime Emmy Awards” broadcasts in 2012, 2016, and 2020. He is also the host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” television specials with Norman Lear. Additionally, Kimmel is the creator and executive producer of “Generation Gap,” hosted by Kelly Ripa.
Kimmel made a witty joke in the press release on the news. He commented, “After two decades at ABC, I am now looking forward to three years of what they call ‘quiet quitting.'”
Meanwhile, ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals President Craig Erwich commented, “For 20 years, Jimmy Kimmel has been a huge part of the ABC family and the heartbeat of late-night television.” Erwich continued in his statement, “Not only has he entertained our audiences night after night with his sharp comedy, dynamic interviews, and irreverent humor, but he has gotten us through some of the most momentous events in our history with optimism and heart. There is no one funnier and more authentic than Jimmy. We are so proud of the incredibly talented team at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ and could not be happier to continue our partnership.”
Kimmel will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in January 2023. The show made its debut on the ABC Network way back in January 2003. The show has racked up many accolades over the years, and the show recently received its 12th consecutive Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Variety Talk Series in 2022.
Over the years, Kimmel has taken the show to various cities across the country, including Detroit, Houston, Austin, and Las Vegas. The show is scheduled for an upcoming weeklong engagement in Brooklyn, New York later this month. This will be the sixth time “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has gone on the road to Brooklyn.
Kimmel was also the first late-night talk show host in history to start his own YouTube channel. Since its debut, the channel has received more than 14 billion years. Some classic segments from his show include a long, ongoing blood feud with superstar actor and producer Matt Damon, along with the antics of Kimmel’s long-standing security guard Guillermo Rodriguez.
Recapping The Late Night Host’s Recent Controversy
The news of Kimmel’s renewal of his talk show comes shortly after the comedian was the subject of some controversy due to the 2022 Emmys, which took place on September 12. Kimmel received criticism for performing a bit while Quinta Brunson was performing her acceptance speech during the ceremony after she had just received the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for her series, “Abbott Elementary.”
Brunson later appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” only mere days after the incident, for which Kimmel apologized to her on the air. “I’m sorry I did do that actually. And also, the last thing I would ever want to do is upset you because I think so much of you,” said Kimmel. “And I think you know that. I hope you know that.”
Brunson appreciated Kimmel’s comments during her appearance. She responded, “Well, Jimmy let me just say thank you. It is very kind of you to say that.”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” is broadcast every weeknight at 11:35 PM ET on ABC.