Jimmy Kimmel Talking About Leaving Late Night

’s considering retirement from his eponymous late night show, but it wouldn’t be for a few years. In a “Variety” interview, the forty-nine year old comedian credits his consideration for not renewing his ABC contract past 2019 to his wife’s current pregnancy and a passion to pursue other projects, saying “I like to draw. I like to make sculptures. I’d like to write a book at some point. Doing the show every day doesn’t leave a lot of time for that.” The host is far more than just a host, he’s an executive producer, a control freak and writes his monologue jokes while also extensively researching guests and the rare stand-up set. All that work totals up to about a seventy hour work week for the last fourteen years.
After last year’s late night shake-up, the top three late night shows have settled into a comfortable top three. Generally speaking, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” rakes in the lion’s share of the audience (3.01 million the week of February 6th-10th), “The Tonight Show starring ” scores a still substantial fraction of that (2.88 million) and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” receives just a little bit less (2.1 million). Make no mistake, “Kimmel” is still way ahead of the majority of shows, like “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (1.26) and “Late Night with ” (1.5). The show is in no way small potatoes ratings wise, but Kimmel’s the longest-running of the top tier late nights and the landscape’s changed a lot; nothing’s set in stone just yet, but it makes sense that the future holds new prospects for Jimmy.
At this point, Kimmel has certainly earned a reprieve. On top of his decade-and-a-half of late-night hosting duties, Kimmel has also hosted the Emmy Awards twice, is set to host the Oscars this coming weekend, and has been nominated for (and won) multiple awards himself, from Emmys to the Writers Guild.

 

 

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The most notable lies Rachel Crowe has ever told were that she has 10 children (no twins), she’s running a marathon retracing the path her ancestors took to evade the IRS and that she found childcare for 10 on a Saturday night. She’s also a stand-up comedian and dog walker living in Los Angeles. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Racheddar or on Instagram @thelma_and_disease. Or don’t, but at least appreciate those fresh hot puns.
Rachel Crowe
Rachel Crowe
The most notable lies Rachel Crowe has ever told were that she has 10 children (no twins), she’s running a marathon retracing the path her ancestors took to evade the IRS and that she found childcare for 10 on a Saturday night. She’s also a stand-up comedian and dog walker living in Los Angeles. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Racheddar or on Instagram @thelma_and_disease. Or don’t, but at least appreciate those fresh hot puns.