This marks the second time a recent Jimmy Kimmel audience has gotten face time with a Star Wars principal after Harrison Ford’s awkward reunion with a former co-star back in April. Last night the Episode VII director — who is making the talk-show rounds to promote Star Trek Into Darkness — heard from the die-hards (and a couple of others) what they really wanted to see in the new installment.
Thursday night was must watch late-night TV on ABC. Matt Damon hijacked Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s 11:35 PM time slot and renamed it ‘Jimmy Kimmel Sucks’ — then packed his one-evening-only hosting turn with unexpected comedy and A-list stars. Damon replaced Kimmel’s longtime sidekick Guillermo with Andy Garcia, …
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Jimmy Kimmel today downplayed the high ratings his show has enjoyed in its new 11:35 PM time slot. “The first week doesn’t mean anything,” he said during a TCA session at the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio in Hollywood. “It would mean something if we did poorly.” Today’s panel came after Kimmel topped new time-slot rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman in the 18-49 demo last night, when the show set a new ratings high in its third night of head-to-head competition with The Tonight Show and Late Night. “It was just one night”, he told critics. Kimmel also said Letterman called to wish him well — the day before the show’s debut, which beat his longtime hero in the demo. “I’m not killing Dave”, Kimmel insisted. “We did not put a dent in his numbers. I don’t think it will hurt him.” Kimmel said he has not heard from another new rival, TBS’ host Conan O’Brien. “I don’t know him,” Kimmel said today. “I’m a fan of his. I think he’s a very funny guy.”
Kimmel said he was “happy for 10 years” in his old slot and “it’s better to be a newcomer than an old timer.” He said that he ultimately expects to be “the No. 3 show in late-night” because The Tonight Show and Letterman have such long histories. “We’ll be very happy with No. 3.” He added that no one would ever take the late night crown from Johnny Carson.
“I’m now 25 minutes closer to my life-long goal of co-hosting The View,” joked Jimmy Kimmel tonight at the show’s taping. After a decade at midnight, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live makes the move to 11:35 PM Tuesday. On his best behavior for his new slot, Kimmel didn’t slam his now direct rival Jay Leno as he has recently in a Rolling Stone interview and other media appearances. ”I know what’s at stake here, and I don’t take this responsibility lightly, especially with the Kanye West-Kim Kardashian baby on the way”, Kimmel said. “This is the time I shine bright like a diamond”. Now going head to head with The Tonight Show and Late Show With David Letterman, Kimmel kicked off his new time slot with a shiny new set plus Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt as his first guests. The former Friends star gave Kimmel a trim on the show Tuesday night (see video clip below), while No Doubt played to thousands outside the show’s Hollywood studio.
Seems Jimmy Kimmel is still no fan of Jay Leno. “As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done. He totally sold out,” the ABC late night host tells Rolling Stone in the mag’s latest issue. Kimmel, whose decade old Jimmy Kimmel Live, is moving to the 11:35 PM slot on January 8, sticks it to The Tonight Show host various times in the article, which comes out on newsstands today. At one point Kimmel refers to Leno as “a master chef who opened a Burger King.” This latest slam against Leno by Kimmel comes less than three weeks after the ABC host compared the NBC host to Jason from the Friday The 13th horror movies. He also said that “as much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever,” in reference to rumors of Jimmy Fallon eventually moving up to host The Tonight Show himself. In the Rolling Stone article, Kimmel calls Fallon “a very worthy competitor” for the next generation late night king.
Jimmy Kimmel today said Jay Leno reminds him of Jason from the Friday the 13th horror movies. “Just when you think he’s dead, he comes back,” said the ABC late night host Wednesday on a conference call about his show’s move to 11:35 PM next year. Kimmel was addressing rumors that Jimmy Fallon could replace The Tonight Show host in the next few years. “The fact is that NBC is going to make a decision someday. As much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever and Jimmy Fallon is the heir apparent,” Kimmel said of his soon-to-be direct rival come January 8, 2013. While Kimmel admitted that he didn’t like what he perceived as Leno scheming against his hero David Letterman over who would take over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson back in 1992 in the end “Jay’s just another guy doing a TV show.” Kimmel also said that The Tonight Show’s move to a minute earlier at 11:34 PM doesn’t worry him much either. “It tells me that they are a bit concerned,” said Kimmel on a conference call Wednesday. “I’ll be curious to see how long that goes on. That’s a trick designed to bring up their ratings in the first month,” he added. “What really matters is how you do in May and that’s when we’ll know where we stand.”
Kimmel said today that not a lot will change on his show when it moves to 11:35 PM. “It will pretty much be the same show we’ve always been doing,” he said. There’s this idea that you need to broaden the show or make it more wholesome, and I think that is outdated,” he added. “The jokes will remain exactly the same,” he said. “We’re moving 25 minutes earlier. From a Standards and Practices standpoint it’s not a huge difference.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is planning to come out swinging in its first month at 11:35 PM next year. The ABC late-night show will kick off its new time slot January 8 with Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt as guests. Jimmy Kimmel Live announced today that Jamie Foxx, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Gosling, Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Amy Brenneman, Nicki Minaj, Mindy Kaling, Julie Bowen, Naomi Watts, and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are scheduled to appear on the show during its first month in the new slot. Along with No Doubt, January’s musical guests include Brad Paisley, Bruno Mars and LeAnn Rimes. ABC announced in late August that after 10 years it was moving Kimmel from midnight to 11:35 PM. This will put Kimmel Live in head-to-head competition with NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.
The stuffed star of Seth MacFarlane‘s Ted — the Universal pic that became the top-grossing R-rated comedy of all time after its June premiere, grossing more than $500 million worldwide to date — was a “guest” on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (MacFarlane might have been …
The taped appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live was Michelle Obama‘s debut on the late night show. But it was not the first time the First Lady has shared a stage with Kimmel. The late night host was the host of this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Michelle Obama’s appearance and interview on the ABC show wil air later tonight.