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Jimmy Kimmel hints at departure from late-night TV

Jimmy Kimmel⁤ Hints at Exiting Late-Night Show After 20 Years

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Jimmy Kimmel, the beloved host of “Jimmy Kimmel​ Live!” on‍ ABC, revealed that he may⁢ be ready to step away from his late-night hosting duties. ⁣After two decades at the helm, Kimmel suggested that ⁣his current‌ contract might⁤ be his last.

Kimmel, who is gearing up to host the Academy Awards for⁤ the‍ fourth time, expressed his uncertainty about continuing as a late-night host. “I think this is my final contract,” Kimmel admitted. “I hate⁤ to even say‌ it, because everyone’s laughing at me now —⁢ each time I think that, and then it ‌turns out to be not the case. I still have⁢ a little more than two years left on my contract ⁤and that seems pretty​ good. That ​seems⁤ like enough.”

Reflecting on ​his previous experiences hosting ​the Oscars, Kimmel shared, “I did not think I would ever do it again. I did two of ‌them, and they went well — something‌ crazy happened at ⁤one of them with ‍a⁣ story⁤ I’ll have for the rest of‌ my life.⁣ I know how much ⁤work goes into them, so ⁢I thought, ‘Yeah, I don’t ​necessarily want to do this ever again.'” He also mentioned‌ his​ preference⁤ for being​ involved⁣ in other people’s projects ‌rather than being the center of attention.

While Kimmel’s ‌future plans remain uncertain, he mentioned his various hobbies⁤ that keep him busy. However, ​he made ‌it clear that stand-up ‍comedy won’t be on the list once he stops hosting his talk show.

Academy CEO and ​President ⁤Bill Kramer expressed excitement about ‍Kimmel’s return as the Oscars⁤ host, praising ‌his love for movies and commitment to producing an entertaining show. Kimmel’s wife, Molly ​McNearney, ‌will also be returning⁣ as⁤ the​ executive producer.

As fans speculate about what lies ahead ⁤for⁢ Kimmel, he humorously shared, “I love ⁣to cook, ⁤I love to ⁤draw, I imagine myself learning to do sculptures. I know that⁤ when I die, if I’m fortunate enough to ⁤die on ‌my own terms in my own bed, ⁤I’m going to think, ‍‘Oh, I was never able to get to⁣ this, and I was never able ​to get⁢ to⁤ that.’ I‌ just ‍know⁤ it about myself.”


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Kimmel’s potential departure would mark the end of an era in late-night television. Since 2003, he has been entertaining audiences with his unique blend of comedy, ​interviews with ‌celebrities, and heartfelt monologues on topical issues. His show has become a staple in the late-night lineup⁤ and has ‌garnered‍ a loyal fanbase over the years.

Throughout his career, Kimmel has ⁣been⁤ recognized for his hosting abilities and comedic ⁤talent. He ⁣has received numerous accolades, including ​several Emmy Awards and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. In addition to hosting his own show, he has also hosted major events like the Oscars and‌ the⁣ Primetime ⁢Emmy Awards.

Despite his success, Kimmel has been open about the ⁣challenges⁤ of hosting a late-night show. In the interview, he discussed the toll it can take on his personal life and​ the pressure to constantly deliver fresh content. “It’s ‌nice to have some ⁤free time,” Kimmel ​shared. “I‌ used to have hobbies and interests, and I’m looking ⁣forward to ‍maybe having them back.”⁣

While⁣ Kimmel hinted at ⁢his exit from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, he also acknowledged that he has felt this ‍way before, only to sign a new contract. It remains to be seen‌ whether this time will ⁢indeed be ⁣his last. However, if Kimmel⁢ does decide to leave the show, he will⁣ undoubtedly be remembered as one of ‍the greats ⁤in late-night television.

As fans speculate about the future of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, networks ⁤and ⁤viewers alike will be paying close attention. Late-night television has seen its fair share of host changes in recent years, with long-time hosts like David Letterman and ⁤Jay ​Leno stepping down and making way‍ for‍ a new generation. The departure of Kimmel would ⁤open up⁣ an exciting opportunity ​for ⁣another comedian to⁣ take the‌ reins‌ and put their own stamp on the late-night landscape.

Ultimately, Kimmel’s potential exit highlights the ever-changing nature of the entertainment ‍industry. With streaming services and social media platforms offering alternative avenues for comedy and entertainment, traditional late-night shows⁢ must adapt to stay relevant. Whether Kimmel chooses to stay or leave, his impact on ​late-night television will be remembered, ⁢and ​his decision will undoubtedly shape the future of the genre.

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