“Jimmy Kimmel Live” no longer is. Live, that is.
Latenight skein, which has been airing live to the East Coast since it premiere 15 months ago, this week began pre-taping shows about an hour ahead of air time.
Blame it all on the Super Bowl.
Even with a multisecond delay in place, it seems ABC standards and practices execs have let a few naughty words — or syllables — slip through the cracks recently. Last week, part of a four-letter word apparently got on the air.
With nets still sensitive in the wake of Janet Jackson’s breast baring, the powers that be at the Alphabet web decided to switch to a pre-tape mode, at least temporarily.
“Despite taking appropriate (broadcast standards and practices) precautions with ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ we’ve had a couple of recent language incidents that have necessitated putting an extended tape delay in place, temporarily, to guard against any future incidents due to human error,” an ABC rep said via a prepared statement. “We are currently looking for a technology that will give us and our affiliates an appropriate comfort level going forward. While working towards that long-term solution, we anticipate having this extended tape delay in place.”
ABC isn’t changing the name of Kimmel’s show, though viewers can now spot a bug at the top of each show noting it had been “recorded earlier tonight.”