Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his 20th anniversary as ABC's late-night host early by extending his contract for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" by three years.
"After twenty years at ABC, I'm looking forward to three years of 'quiet quitting,'" Kimmel joked in a statement released Tuesday.
His show premiered in January 2003, and the new contract will keep him with it until the 2025-26 season, giving him ample time to capitalize on his favorite monologue targets, politicians, and the 2024 presidential race.
Among network late-night hosts, Kimmel, CBS' Stephen Colbert and James Corden, and NBC's Seth Meyers often engage in political humor, with Kimmel putting a greater emphasis on the topic during the Donald Trump administration, both within and outside the White House.
Kimmel's decision contrasts with the evolution of late-night television. Conan O'Brien concluded his show in 2021, James Corden said that he will leave "The Late Late Show" for other possibilities in 2020, and TBS confirmed that "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" would conclude after seven seasons.
Kimmel has been a mainstay as an awards host, including for the 2017 Oscars, when he attempted to smooth over the envelope mix-up that led presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to incorrectly announce "La La Land" as the winner over "Moonlight."
The three-time Emmys host made an error during the presentation of the comedy series writing trophy to Quinta Brunson, creator-star of ABC's comedy "Abbott Elementary," on September 12.
Kimmel was dragged on stage by co-presenter Will Arnett, who revealed Brunson's award while acting intoxicated, and he remained on his back during her acceptance speech. Two days later, on his show, he apologized on-air to Brunson for his remarks. He was criticized online for being insensitive and regarded as an example of white male hubris.
Because I hold you in such high regard, I would never like to bring you distress. I believe you are aware. I hope you're aware of it," he informed her, to which Brunson replied, "That's very sweet of you to say."
Kimmel is also the host and executive producer of ABC's "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" specials, which rerun episodes of vintage Lear comedies such as "All in the Family." Kimmel is also the creator of "Generation Gap," a game show hosted by Kelly Ripa.
This month, he will bring his late-night program, which has been nominated 12 times in a row for best variety discussion series, to Brooklyn for a week. Kimmel, whose longtime sidekick is Guillermo Rodriguez, is well-known for comedy segments such as "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy," which are featured on his show and on his YouTube page, which has expanded his viewership.
Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, stated in a statement that Kimmel has not only amused audiences with his irreverent comedy and interviews, but he has also "gotten us through some of the most significant events in our country with optimism and heart."
The host gave heartfelt details about his little son's medical condition and advocated for health care reform.