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‘Kimmel’ runs into Gray area

'Live' eyes exec shuffle

Jimmy Kimmel could soon be looking for a new showrunner.

Nothing’s official yet, but “Jimmy Kimmel Live” exec producer Duncan Gray hasn’t inked a new deal with ABC and seems likely to leave the latenight skein, people familiar with the situation said. Alphabet has already started putting out feelers to the agency community in a bid to find a replacement.

Gray came to ABC three years ago from Blighty’s Granada Television, originally joining the Alphabet’s alternative division. He was quickly put to work on the faltering “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” helping stabilize the show after a shaky start.

Originally pegged as the ABC exec in charge of production, Gray ultimately dropped his exec status and became a full-time exec producer. He and Kimmel are said to have a very good rapport, so losing Gray is something of a blow to the gabber.

It’s unclear what Gray’s next move will be, but there’s been speculation that he might be up for a gig heading ITV’s entertainment commissioning team (Daily Variety, Jan. 6).

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” has been renewed through the end of this year. Skein marks its third anniversary at the end of the month.

ABC declined comment.

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