Jimmy Kimmel has confirmed he will stay on as a late night host on the ABC network.
Speaking to Howard Stern this week, Kimmel said: “Being wanted is important too, y’know. ABC wanting me to stay. Which I didn’t know, maybe they want to start over.”
“Maybe the people running the network now want to find a person of their own and put their imprint and have somebody for the next twenty years or who knows.”
The late night host admitted he feared the idea of leaving the show he’d built, and the “emotional toll” it would bring.
Stern assured Kimmel he was keen to see the host take on another three years on the network.
“I’m glad your staying on. I feel good about it, it naturally gives me comfort,” he said.
Kimmel’s late night show has aired on the ABC network since 2003, qualifying the television personality as a veteran in the television category.
Jimmy Kimmel discusses Emmy controversy with Howard Stern
Kimmel and Stern also discussed the ABC hosts’ Emmy controversy which went viral earlier this month.
The late night host was accused of stealing the spotlight during an acceptance speech as he played unconscious on stage.
“I was kinda in the way, which in a way I did not imagine I would,” he told Stern. “Now some people read racial stuff into this and everyone has their own perspective. But the fact of the matter is, I think there were six nominees and this was a plan I had no matter who did this.”
Jimmy Kimmel will continue his run as ABC’s primetime late night host until 2025. Are you relieved to see the host continue his run? Let us know in the comments below.