There isn’t going to be a big late night shake-up at ABC: Jimmy Kimmel has extended his contract for two more years.
According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has now been secured through January 2017.
In a vote of confidence, the Alphabet Network recently moved the host to the coveted 11:35 time slot, opposite the departing David Letterman and later the incoming Jimmy Fallon.
As “THR” points out, much is in flux in late night on both the cable and broadcasts networks. While Stephen Colbert will fill the “Late Show” void upon Letterman’s exit, that leaves the post-“Daily Show” slot wide open.
Chelsea Handler is leaving E!, while Craig Ferguson is joining Letterman on his way out the door.
Meanwhile, Kimmel swapped timeslots with “Nightline” last year after a decade on the air, and ABC has not made any moves to add a late night comedy companion like competitors NBC and CBS.
What do you make of the musical chairs that is the late night scene right now? Are you glad Kimmel’s staying put? Sound off in the comments!