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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Jimmy Fallon Responds To Kimmel’s McCartney Concert With ‘Sesame Street’ 44th Anniversary Schoolroom Instrument Cover: Video

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 6:32am PDT

While Jimmy Kimmel warms up for his new season — and new NBC competition — with twerk punks and Hollywood Blvd-closing Paul McCartney concerts, Jimmy Fallon responds with a Muppets Classroom Instruments Cover of the Sesame Street theme song in celebration of that show’s 44th anniversary, … Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Continues Making Noise In Advance Of Jimmy Fallon’s Move; Shuts Down Hollywood Blvd. For McCartney Concert

By | Tuesday September 17, 2013 @ 11:53am PDT

Jimmy Kimmel continues trying to make noise in the walk-up to Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of NBC’s Tonight Show, announcing today his Jimmy Kimmel Live will shut down Hollywood Boulevard on Monday – the first … Read More »

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Fox News’ ‘The Five’ On Scott Pelley’s Mistake & How Hollywood Gets It Wrong

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 1:35pm PDT

Just over two years on the air, Fox News Channel’s The Five airs its 555th show tonight. It debuted July 11, 2011 as a replacement for Glenn Beck and was made a permanent part of the Fox News lineup in October 2011. The daily one-hour roundtable with rotating hosts has proven both a ratings winner and a controversy magnet for the cable news network — and we’re talking about the home of Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity here. The Five has seen its ratings rise 50% rise since launch, and for the past four consecutive months it has eclipsed Hannity in viewership, making it the second most watched show on cable news after The O’Reilly Factor. With an average of 2 million viewers a night and 324,000 in the news demo, The Five also soundly wins its time slot against rivals CNN and MSNBC. Deadline spoke with some of the hosts of The Five about CBS anchor Scott Pelley’s slam of cable news, Jeff Zucker, Hollywood failings and Jimmy Kimmel’s viral video scam.

DEADLINE: Earlier this summer in an interview I did with Scott Pelley, the CBS anchor slammed cable news networks as getting “one small part of the viewership” and content to “be happy with that 200,000 viewers, 300,000 viewers that they have.” A lot of our commenters took him to town for so dramatically downplaying cable news’ audience. Ring true to you guys?
GREG GUTFELD: Yeah, first off, who is Scott Pelley? Now, does he work in media or soccer? Whatever, he’s entitled to his opinion and I totally support him. And he was a really good soccer player.
BOB BECKEL:
I just thought it was a cheap shot. Why did he have to go out of his way to say that? That’s the thing that bothers me. For a guy that’s a reporter and the anchor of the CBS News to say 200,000 people, do your homework. Look at it and say, “Gee, The Five has over 2 million people!”  Now, why does he have to make that gratuitous comment? The fact of the matter is, when Walter Cronkite led CBS, they had twice the audience they got now, probably more. No they’ve done a good job of getting it down to, what is it, 7 million now? And we have, on any given day, 2 million-plus. If you do our repeat it’s about 2.5 million, so we ain’t to far behind that boy and he’s got exposure of a 100% of the TVs in the country and we don’t. So let him keep talking like that, that’s fine. He’s trying hold onto that job and if he wants to hold onto the job, good for him. I don’t watch him.

Related: CBS News’ Scott Pelley On Why Cable News Doesn’t Matter As Much As We Think
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EMMYS: More Presenters Set For Primetime Awards

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 10:19am PDT

Will Arnett, Alec Baldwin, Andre Braugher, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel, Margo Martindale and Sofia Vergara have been added to the presenters list for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards. They join previously announced Diahann Carroll, Matt … Read More »

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‘Today’ Show Lands Interview With Latest Viral YouTube Video Stars In Post-Kimmel Twerk World

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 12:42pm PDT

The lives of producers tasked with finding fluffy upbeat videos to sprinkle into TV newscasts has become a living hell since Jimmy Kimmel punked a whole industry with his Twerk Fail YouTube prank. That’s particularly true for those working under the watchful eye of Matt “Disappointed By The Laziness Of The Media” Lauer at the Today show. This morning, Today dove into the ratings catnip that is Jason Mortensen – star of a funny YouTube video that has nearly as many views as had Kimmel’s funny Twerk Fail before Kimmel revealed it was a prank – 6 million and growing in just one week. In the video, Mortensen is seen allegedly coming out from under anesthesia after surgery, being fed crackers by some very pretty woman who, he discovers, is his wife of several years, which causes him to exclaim, “I hit the jackpot!” and note she has perfect teeth. He withholds judgment on her twerkside, requesting she turn around, but she politely declines — because, of course, she’s documenting their whole renewed acquaintance to post on YouTube, “so he can see how he acts, and so I can show people,” she explained sweetly to the Today on-air panel of non-lazy journalists.

Related: Jimmy Kimmel Punks Media With Twerking Girl Video
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Jimmy Kimmel Takes Victory Lap After Hoaxing “News Channels” With Video

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 5:30am PDT

Jimmy Kimmel took a well-earned victory lap the night after revealing the viral YouTube Video “Worst Twerk Fail EVER – Girl Catches Fire” was a hoax video he’d made with a stuntwoman named Daphne. YouTube’s video of Kimmel’s reveal was up to nearly 7 million views in less than 24 hours — catching up to the 10.8 million views the hoax video had clocked, but it’s been up for about a week. “It was kind of a fun day today. There was a lot of excitement around our office today,” Kimmel said at the top of his ABC late-night show last night. “Those of you who saw the show last night know we pulled a prank on a lot of people. We made a video of a girl twerking and what appeared to be accidentally setting herself on fire. And we posted that video to a private account on YouTube and, on its own, it took off…it ran on hundreds of news stations – it was the Milli Vanilli of YouTube videos. But the funny thing is, after all the news channels embarrassed themselves by running a bogus video — today, they ran it again to announce that it wasn’t real.”

Cut to video of some of those “news channels”:

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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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TCA: W. Kamau Bell To White Journalists: Knowing “What’s Racist” Is Not Your Job

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 12:50pm PDT

W. Kamau Bell came to Summer TV Press Tour to talk about his late-night talk show’s move from FX to FXX in September, and got asked what was missing from the on-TV debate during the George Zimmerman trial. “What was missing…is white people doing this,” he said — then he began to nod his head and keep his mouth shut. “That’s your Listening to Racism face,” Bell said, addressing the mostly white Television Critics Association, and presumably also white on-air news/comedy talent.

“You need to listen to the story before you come to conclusions. The worst thing to say to a person of color is, ‘I don’t think that’s racist.’ I don’t think that’s your area. You can have an opinion but I don’t think you are the final word. That’s what’s missing, white people. You’ve got a lot of jobs” but should not have the ‘I know what’s racist’ job. I know what’s imperialism – that’s your job.”

FX’s weekly late night talk show Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell debuts as a daily late-night strip at 11 PM on FXX, Wednesday, September 4. Read More »

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Emmy’s Best Variety Series Contenders

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 6:51pm PDT
Pete Hammond

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won the Emmy for Best Variety Series for nine straight years. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with ENTV host Brian Corsetti about some nomination options for Emmy voters looking to shake things up a bit in a static category, including … 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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Jimmy Kimmel At ABC 2013-2014 Upfront: Full Transcript

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 3:20pm PDT

UPDATED: Jimmy Kimmel kicked off ABC‘s upfront presentation Tuesday at NYC’s Lincoln Center with a filmed bit alongside Scandal‘s Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Disney/ABC TV President Anne Sweeney. The potshots at NBC also came quickly: “[ABC Entertainment President] Paul Lee isn’t really British – he’s Mexican. We think this is why Univision is beating NBC.” Here’s Kimmel’s full network-roasting upfront monologue:

Jimmy Kimmel ABC Upfront 2013“You’ve seen what we have so far. By show of hands, we’re going to let you vote one new show off our schedule. Which will it be? I’m happy to be here. I really do enjoy seeing a lot of you every year coming to New York, but I’d really rather not do the whole song and dance number again so listen, you don’t know if these shows are going to work. I don’t know if these shows are going to work. Just throw your money in these bags, we’ll pass them around and be done with it. It’s time to stop calling this an upfront and start calling it what it really is. Throwing a bunch of shit at a wall to see what sticks. And guess what, you guys are the wall.

Related: Live-Blog: ABC’s Upfront Presentation
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Late Night On Boston Bombings No Joke

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 7:05pm PDT

2ND UPDATE: Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Jimmy Fallon are in repeats tonight. But Conan O’Brien‘s show is original and Boston is his hometown so he comments on today’s bombings (below). So does Jimmy Kimmel (below). Also Craig Ferguson (video below) who notes during his cold open that, when he became an American citizen in 2008, he spoke at Faneuil Hall on July 4th at the invitation of Boston Mayor Tommy Menino:

CONAN O’BRIEN: We have a great show for you tonight.  But first, I have to mention what an upsetting and sad day it’s been. Boston is my hometown – it’s where I grew up, and it’s where my family lives.  So I just wanted to take a moment to say that – like everyone here – my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and everyone who has been affected by this senseless act.  That said — it is our job to do a show. We’re going to try and entertain you the best we can. Which,  given our track record, gives you people a 20% chance of having a good time tonight.

JIMMY KIMMEL: Well – it was a terrible day. Very bad things happened today for no good reason – and our thoughts are with the people of Boston and everyone who is suffering as a result of the bombings at the marathon. It’s a disgusting thing. I don’t understand it. But my job is to make you laugh and so I will try to do that. And – I will probably fail. I’m failing already.

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In Letterman- Leno Rivalry, Dave Gets Last Laugh

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 8:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Two decades after the Jay Leno-David Letterman battle for The Tonight Show, the Tonight Show curse has struck again with yet another messy host transition. In 1992, NBC had two hot young comedians eager to replace longtime Tonight host Johnny Carson, Leno and Letterman. The network chose Leno and created a formidable late-night rival in Letterman, who defected to CBS to launch The Late Show. Leno and Letterman had been going at each other ever since, looking to outrate and outlast each other. Letterman had the upper hand in the ratings early on before Leno took the lead, holding onto it for the most of the past 17 years. The two even have been timing their contracts to end at the same time. They did it again this time, with Leno’s deal up in September 2014 and Letterman’s contract also going through late 2014.

Related: NBC Sets ‘Tonight Show’ Transition With Jimmy Fallon Taking Over In Spring 2014

NBC‘s announcement today that Leno will retire in spring (likely February) of 2014, assures that Letterman will be the last man standing in the duo’s 20-year rivalry. Having outlasted his archrival, 65-year-old Letterman too may decide to retire at the end of his deal instead of going toe-to-toe with younger new competitors, Jimmy Fallon (38) on NBC and Jimmy Kimmel (45) on ABC. The key thing is that it will likely be his decision to make. Letterman has largely been given carte blanche to do the show for as long as he wants to. (Though in his recent interview with Oprah, Letterman claimed he has an agreement with CBS topper Les Moonves that Moonves has to tell him when it is time to go.) Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Weighs In On ‘Tonight Show’ Talk In CNN Interview

By | Thursday March 21, 2013 @ 11:35am PDT

David Letterman hasn’t said anything yet about the latest rumors of the departure of his longtime rival Jay Leno from The Tonight Show and his likely replacement Jimmy Fallon. But the other late-night host, ABC’s Jimmy Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Movie: The Movie’ Sequel: Video

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 8:25am PST
Nellie Andreeva

On his show following the Oscars last night, Jimmy Kimmel debuted the sequel trailer to the Movie: The Movie trailer from last year’s post-Oscar show on ABC. Kimmel’s BFF Oprah Winfrey plays the U.S. president in the 7-minute skit, which also features Channing Tatum, Rachel Weisz, Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Salma Hayek, Gerard Butler, John Krasinski, Kerry Washington, Matt Damon and Bruno Mars. 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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David Letterman On Jimmy Kimmel: Video

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 6:37am PDT

Oy, what an embarrassing (or was it charming?) bromance by both late-night hosts Wednesday while Jimmy Kimmel Live is filming in Brooklyn:

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