Late Night Wars Reignited With Jimmy Kimmel’s 11:35 P.M. Debut
For the past 10 years, Kimmel’s held down the 12:05am spot for ABC, but the head honchos decided the promote him to the coveted time slot instead of airing Nightline.
Now, the titans of television are kicking it up a notch in order to reign supreme.
How, you ask? NBC execs announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that Leno’s contract was just extended past 2014.
Also, to get a head start on everyone else, the Tonight Show will now begin a whole minute earlier at 11:34pm.
This is getting cutthroat!
As for Letterman, the normally interview-shy host appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter last night talking his storied rivalry with Leno.
While Letterman says Leno is one of the funniest guys he’s ever known, he also calls the Tonight Show comic insecure…ouch!
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-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles