Jimmy Kimmel Given Two-Year Contract Extension at ABC

Jimmy Kimmel 2 year contract extension

ABC has extended latenight host Jimmy Kimmel’s contract for two more years, locking him up at the network through January 2017.

The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” star is in his 11th season as headliner of ABC’s latenight lineup.

The vote of confidence in Kimmel emphasizes ABC’s desire for stability in a period marked with movement at rival networks: CBS’ David Letterman recently announced his retirement from the coveted “Late Show” desk in 2015, which Stephen Colbert will take over, exiting his long-running “The Colbert Report” over at Comedy Central. Shortly thereafter, “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson announced that he would be departing CBS at the end of the year. 

After Jay Leno’s recent exit, NBC managed a relatively smooth transition that installed Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers as the hosts of “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night,” respectively.

Kimmel ‘s “Scandal”-centric April 17 telecast set series-high ratings for the show, averaging over 4 million viewers.

“I don’t really know how any of this happened,” Kimmel recently told Variety of his longevity at ABC. “I just stumbled from radio to TV, then I became a talkshow host.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 1

Leave a Reply

1 Comment

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Awesome news!! After Letterman leaves, Kimmel will be the only funny late night talk show host left!!

More TV News from Variety