jimmy-kimmel-1-600Another late-night torch has been passed. This time, the “torch” is the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, who’s being passed from David Letterman to Jimmy Kimmel.

For the past six years, the SI swimsuit cover and cover model haves been revealed on Dave’s CBS late night show. This afternoon, however, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live announced SI was celebrating the golden anniversary of its swimsuit edition by revealing its 2014 cover on Kimmel’s show, Thursday at 11:35 PM ET. That’s maybe because Letterman’s show is dark this week.  Additionally, this year’s SI swimsuit issue cover model will give her exclusive late-night interview to Kimmel, on February 17; the issue goes live across the web, mobile, tablet and newsstands the next morning.  If this is how Kimmel treats his idol, wonder how he treats his enemies? Oh, right — he issues tweets saying: “Issues aside, 20 years at #1 is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations and best wishes to @jayleno on an incredible run.”

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