Jimmy Kimmel is considering leaving his late-night talk show. Yahoo! Entertainment reports that Kimmel appeared on Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast to discuss what his plans are after his contract ends. Kimmel said, “I wish I knew what I was gonna do. I have moments where I go, ‘I cannot do this anymore.’ And I have moments where I go, ‘What am I gonna do with my life if I’m not doing this anymore?'” Kimmel’s statement comes in a year when many talk shows are ending. This news is coming out the same day The Real aired its final episode.
Jimmy Kimmel’s Late-Night Career May End After 20 Years
If Kimmel opts to not renew his contract, it would mean the end of a show that will reach a 20-year run next year. The 54-year-old garnered massive popularity working alongside Adam Carolla on Comedy Central’s The Man Show before landing his late-night gig in 2003. Jimmy Kimmel Live is the longest-running talk show on the ABC network, and Kimmel has had major success and opportunities come from hosting the show. Kimmel has hosted the Emmys three times and the Oscars twice.
While Kimmel was once known for wild antics and running gags on his talk show, he’s tackled more serious issues in recent years. He famously got emotional when describing dealing with his son being born with a heart defect in 2017, and last week he tearfully opened his show discussing the Robb Elementary School shootings in Uvalde, Texas.
Is Jimmy Kimmel The Latest Talk Show Host to Call it Quits?
If Kimmel ends his show, he will be the latest in a string of many talk show hosts putting those jobs behind them. The final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired last week, James Corden has announced he is leaving The Late Late Show, and Maury Povich is retiring and ending his talk show.
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