UPDATED: Jimmy Kimmel and Kanye West Will Work Out Issues Like Normal People — On TV, Tomorrow Night

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 7:43pm PDT

UPDATED, 7:46 PM: Kanye West: the gift that keeps on giving to Jimmy Kimmel as he trains to go head-to-head against the formidable Lorne Michaels, and Jimmy Fallon, in late night. “Kanye and I had a disagreement a couple of weeks ago, and it got a little bit out of hand. Tomorrow night, we will sit down and discuss it like normal people do — on television,” Kimmel said on tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “It’ll just be us, and Dr. Phil. And neither of us is leaving until this government shutdown gets solved. So if you’ve always wanted to see a talk show host get strangled by a pair of leather jogging pants, join us tomorrow.”

Last month the ABC late-night star did a comedy bit mocking the notoriously thin-skinned West. Too easy, we know, but he did it anyway. On his show, Kimmel had a child perform lines delivered by West during an interview with BBC Radio 1, in which he declared himself the biggest rock star in the world; he also appeared to lodged a complaint against the fashion industry — something about those leather jogging pants.

The child was holding a milkshake.

These two disciples of Aristophanes kept the comedy going for some time. West took to Twitter; Kimmel responded on his show. West suggested Kimmel put himself in his shoes — except, he noted, Kimmel couldn’t do that because “that means you would have gotten too much good pussy in your life.” “I’ve seen the video. I know,” Kimmel responded. Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Takes On Kanye West While Training For NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ Switch: Video

Getting ready to take on the formidable Lorne Michaels, and Jimmy Fallon, in late-night TV? Here’s your To Do List:

1) Prank America with fake YouTube video in which an twerking girl ignites herself. Check. 2) Get Paul McCartney to perform on yet another roof. Check. 3) Do comedy bit mocking notoriously thin-skinned Kanye West. Too easy? Check.

Watch Kimmel cash in on his Kanye West spoof last night, followed by the spoof that got Kanye’s undies in a bunch:

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UPDATE: Early Stats Suggest Justin Timberlake And Bill Clinton Topped Paul McCartney Concert In Late-Night Race: Video

UPDATE: 11 AM: ABC did not order rush national numbers for Paul McCartney’s Jimmy Kimmel Live concert/Hollywood Blvd. shutdown. But in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, NBC’s The Tonight Show (2.9/8) and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, with former POTUS Bill Clinton as guest (2.6/7), both out-rated JKL (2.3/6) in households.

In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Leno (1.0/5) also edged Kimmel (0.7/4) in the 18-49 demo; Kimmel was virtually tied with Letterman (0.7/3). FYI, Kimmel is usually strong in the metered markets relative to final national stats, while Leno is usually flat to a little understated, and Letterman gets understated in the metered markets.

PREVIOUS, 7:18 AM: On the first night of the new TV season, the late-night war escalated between NBC’s The Tonight Show and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. While JKL closed down Hollywood Blvd. for a free Paul McCartney mini-concert (two songs for JKL –  13 more for the estimated 10,000 fans on the street), Tonight welcomed Justin Timberlake, who talked about President Obama, but did not perform because, a source said, he felt under the weather. Timberlake is scheduled to perform his own mini-concert for JKL and fans on Hollywood Blvd. tonight. Check it out below:

Paul McCartney closes Hollywood Blvd:

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Justin Timberlake Scrubs ‘Tonight Show’ Performance

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 3:23pm PDT

Justin Timberlake, who had been scheduled to perform this evening on NBC’s Tonight Show, has cancelled his performance. A source with knowledge of the situation says Timberlake will still sit down to chat with host Jay Leno, but is no longer going to Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Steps Up Game, Punking Media With Twerking Girl Video

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 6:23am PDT

Jimmy Kimmel is stepping up his game in the walk-up to Jimmy Fallon‘s take-over of The Tonight Show, revealing on his Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night he’d faked the “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girl Catches On Fire!” video that went viral last week and snagged 9 million views in under a week. Kimmel’s show had emailed an alert earlier in the day that he’d booked the woman in the video who, ABC said, had shot the twerking video for her boyfriend. In the video, the woman falls over onto a coffee table filled with burning pillar candles — the international sign for “sexy” — which catches her yoga pants on fire. Among those who got punked by Kimmel’s video: Fallon.

Kimmel detailed how he’d enlisted a boatload of unwitting news and infotainment outlets to promote himself and his show. On his show last night, Kimmel showed the “end” of the video, in which he enters the room and puts out her pants with a fire extinguisher. The twerking girl announced to Kimmel’s audience she’s actually a stunt woman named Daphne. (continued)

“So there you go. To the conspiracy theorists on the Internet who thought we made it up – you were right, it was fake,” Kimmel giggled, noting that “did not stop hundreds of news outlets from showing it.” To complete the fun, he then showed a “sampling” of “media outlets” that fell for the video. Only one ABC program was included in the sample: The View. (The Ladies of The View were clearly not amused and, at the top of this morning’s show they aired a video said to be a look at at yesterday’s morning’s backstage pre-show planning meeting, in which they took turns saying of the twerk video: “I thought It was staged,” and “totally fake,” and “It has Jimmy written all over it.” After which, Babs Walters turned to the camera and snarked, “So, here’s to you, Jimmy Fallon!”)

CNN got a big nick, including CNN and HLN. NBC got scorched pretty badly too, with clips from MSNBC, and NBC’s Today. CBS’ The Talk was the only program from that network pilloried in the segment, as was syndicated Inside Edition. Several local Fox stations got nicked too. “Good thing nothing is happening in Syria,” Kimmel snickered, noting some of the outlets that fell for the prank blamed Miley Cyrus, whose twerky performance was all the talk after the VMA’s, to the consternation of Justin Timberlake. Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals ‘Flaming Twerking Girl’ Was A Hoax — And He Was Behind It

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 12:10am PDT

It seemed like just another interview with a YouTube sensation — you know, the one where the woman twerking against her bedroom door ends up on fire. But instead Jimmy Kimmel detailed how he’d pulled a fast one. That video, titled “Worst Twerk Fail EVER,” has more than 9.5 million views in less than a week, and the late-night host told his audience it was all a hoax he had masterminded. Here’s the reveal video with stuntwoman Daphne Avalon that was shown tonight on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: Read More »

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EMMYS: Will “Arch Rival” Matt Damon Be Jimmy Kimmel’s Ticket To Finally Winning That Statuette?

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 1:43pm PDT
Pete Hammond

Poor Matt Damon. Damon’s tour de force one night “hosting” stint January 24th on Jimmy Kimmel Live was a real triumph, maybe the funniest and finest work by any guest on a variety (as talk shows are classified in the Emmys) series this season. Damon’s rep tells me they had been trying for a very long time to make this appearance possible and finally his schedule freed him up to do it. But as far as Emmys go, it doesn’t exist.

Of course the whole show was one big gag based on Kimmel’s long standing show biz mock hatred of Damon. He’s ended virtually every episode of his decade-old talker by saying that unfortunately the show ran out of time for Damon’s appearance. Of course Damon was never really booked and it was all an elaborate running joke but finally it paid off when Damon supposedly kidnapped Kimmel, tied him up and took over the host desk. With Kimmel, his mouth taped shut , hopelessly looking on from the background , Damon took over with a great monologue and a couch full of A-listers that included Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, Sarah Silverman (Kimmel’s ex), Andy Garcia, Robin Williams and others including BFF Ben Affleck. Read More »

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Jay Leno Prevails In Final May Sweep As ‘Tonight Show’ Host

Related: Leno Tops Ratings In First Week Of Sweep

Jay Leno’s ratings numbers continue to impress. In his final May sweep before handing over the Tonight Show anchor desk to Jimmy Fallon in February, the NBC late-night show won the key ratings period from April 25-May 22. Tonight bettered time-slot rivals Late Show With David Letterman at CBS and Jimmy Kimmel Live at ABC in every category, and matched its highest margin of victory over Letterman in the 18-49 viewers in nine years. Against Kimmel, Leno grew its 18-49 lead compared with the February sweeps from 12% to 30% in 18-49 and from 39% to 42%  in total viewers. (See the full chart below.) For the May sweep, Leno generated bigger audiences than its broadcast rivals in every key category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers.

Related: ‘Good Morning America’ Wins First May Sweep In Almost 20 Years

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JJ Abrams Gets ‘Star Wars’ Advice From ‘Kimmel’ Crowd: Video

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 6:28am PDT

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 Read More »

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Jason Collins To Appear On ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 12:35pm PDT

The recently out NBA center and his twin brother Jarron will be guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on May 15. Jason Collins became the first openly gay NBA player when he came out in a Sports Illustrated article … Read More »

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Harrison Ford Warming Up For Han Solo?: Video

By | Thursday April 18, 2013 @ 8:54am PDT

This Jimmy Kimmel Live! bit with an Star Wars buddy might just find its way into JJ Abrams’ pile of audition tapes for Episode VII. Ford appears to still have his Han Solo chops (and sense of humor), though the same can’t be said for Chewy. Check … Read More »

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Letterman Tops Kimmel For First Time Since Move To 11:35

For the first time since his move to 11:35 PM last month, Jimmy Kimmel was beaten by his hero David Letterman last week. CBS’ The Late Show bested ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live in total viewers … Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Matt Damon Episode To Get Primetime Encore

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 11:26am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Sucks edition of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will be rebroadcast next Tuesday at 10 PM, replacing a Body Of Proof repeat. Last night’s show, in which JKL was “hijacked” by Matt DamonRead More »

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Jimmy Kimmel, Katie Couric Get Ratings Bumps With Matt Damon, Te’o Stunts

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 8:52am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Two highly publicized celebrity visits pushed up the ratings for Jimmy Kimmel Live and Katie.

A first-ever visit by Jimmy Kimmel’s “arch nemesis”, Matt Damon (plus appearances by Sheryl Crow, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, … Read More »

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Matt Damon Hijacks Jimmy Kimmel Show

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 12:37am PST

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, … Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Goes Modest – “We’ll Be Happy As No. 3″ In Late-Night: TCA

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 12:23pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

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.”

Related: Kimmel Pulls In 3.09M In 11:35  Debut; Tops Letterman

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. Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Tops Leno & Letterman In Demo In New Time-Slot High

On the third night in his new 11:35 PM time slot, Jimmy Kimmel garnered his highest viewership so far and beat both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Show With David Letterman in the key adults 18-49 demo. Although Kimmel’s total Thursday audience of 3.167 million was up over Wednesday’s 2.859 million and his Tuesday debut’s 3.097 million, Leno topped last night with 3.4 million and Letterman was second with 3.289 million. However, in the 18-49 demo, Kimmel’s 1.241 million was up solidly –  32% over Tonight Show’s 938,000 and 34% over Late Show’s 929,000. On Kimmel’s first night in his new slot, Tonight Show drew 1.084 million adults 18-49 versus Kimmel’s 887,000 and Letterman’s 683,000. Read More »

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UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel Pulls In 3.09 Million In 11:35 PM Debut; Tops David Letterman

UPDATE: 11:25 AM: On its first night in its new time slot, Jimmy Kimmel Live had more viewers than The Late Show With David Letterman but fell short of topping The Tonight Show. ABC’s Kimmel pulled in 3.097 million viewers Tuesday night compared to 2.882 million for CBS’ Letterman and 3.274 million for Leno. The Tonight Show got 1.084 million in the Adults 18-49 demographic compared to Jimmy Kimmel Live’s 887,000. But Kimmel solidly bested The Late Show among demo, getting 30% more than Letterman’s 683,000.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:28 AM: Jimmy Kimmel had a very good night Tuesday. In his 11:35 PM debut for his ABC late-night talk show, the host beat now-rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman in  households and in the key adults 18-49 demo. In 25 markets with local people meters, Jimmy Kimmel Live earned a 1.0/5 rating in 18-49, besting The Tonight Show’s 0.8/4 and Late Show’s 0.6/3. Among Nielsen’s 56 metered markets (with Memphis and Salt Lake City excluded), Kimmel’s move from midnight to a half-hour earlier saw his show receive a 2.8/8 household result, compared with Letterman’s 2.7/7 and Leno’s 2.4/6.

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Jimmy Kimmel Jokes About Hosting ‘The View’ In Move To New Time Slot; Silent On Jay Leno: Video

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 8:23pm PST

“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.

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