Jimmy Kimmel signs 3-year extension for ABC night show

LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his 20th birthday as ABC’s late night host early and signed a three-year contract extension for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“After two decades at ABC, I’m now looking forward to three years of what they call ‘quiet quits,'” Kimmel joked in a statement on Tuesday.

His show debuted in January 2003, and the new deal means he’ll stay with it through the 2025-26 season — giving him a generous chance to make comic hay from politicians, who are favorite monologue targets, and the 2024 presidential election. .

Among the network’s late-night hosts, Kimmel, CBS’ Stephen Colbert and James Corden, and NBC’s Seth Meyers regularly wade in political humor, with Kimmel emphasizing during the Donald Trump years inside and outside the White House.

Kimmel’s decision is in stark contrast to changes in nighttime programming. Conan O’Brien closed his show in 2021, Corden announced he’s leaving “The Late Late Show” next year for other opportunities, and TBS said “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” would end after seven seasons.

In addition to his night job, Kimmel has become a mainstay as the host of the awards ceremony — including for the 2017 Oscars when he tried to iron out the best photo-wrapping confusion that led presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to perform “La La Land.” falsely announcing it as the winner of “Moonlight.”

The three-time Emmy host had his own misstep at the TV awards ceremony on Sept. 12, when the comedy series writing trophy was presented to Quinta Brunson, creator-star of ABC’s comedy “Abbott Elementary.”

A supposedly drunk Kimmel had been dragged onto the stage by co-host Will Arnett, who announced Brunson’s award, and Kimmel lay flat on his back during her acceptance speech. Branded by some online as thoughtless and cited by others as an example of white male arrogance, he offered Brunson an on-air apology two days later on his show.

“The last thing I would ever want to do is upset you because I think so much of you. I think you know that. I hope you know that,” he told her, as Brunson replied, “It’s very kind of you to say that.”

Kimmel also hosts and serves as executive producer with Norman Lear on ABC’s specials “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” which revisits episodes of classic Lear sitcoms, including “All in the Family.” Kimmel is also the creator of the game show “Generation Gap” hosted by Kelly Ripa.

He’s taking his late night show, which has been nominated for best variety series 12 times in a row, to Brooklyn this month. Kimmel, whose regular sidekick is Guillermo Rodriguez, is known for comedic bits, including “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy,” which have been featured on the show and on the YouTube channel that has expanded its audience.

Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement that Kimmel has not only entertained viewers with his irreverent humor and interviews, but that he has also “led us through some of the most momentous events in our history with optimism and heart.” .

The host has shared touching details about his young son’s medical issue and called for health care reforms.