Host compares trajectory to his father’s very own jump from short order prepare to IBM executive
In a new cover story for Variety, Jimmy Kimmel talks about his rise the late night ranks, from their beginnings on ABC to their recent promotion to the coveted, and competitive, 11: 35 p. mirielle. slot and his reputation for tricks and sketches that are often hilarious as they are controversial.
“I don’t really understand how any of this happened, ” Kimmel said. “I just stumbled through radio to TV, then I grew to become a talkshow host. ” Evaluating his own rise to his father’s sudden jump from a short-order prepare to an IBM executive, the comedian added: “I guess you just grow up and put on the suit. ”
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Kimmel’s rise was huge for DASAR, a network that had yet to score a big hit with a late night show before Reside! , and he achieved it with a bad boy edge distinct to the world of late night television. He works closely, and constantly, with show runner Jill Leiderman on fresh ideas for the show, though admits it’s an imperfect process: “A lot of details don’t go as planned, while some not that great turn out huge. I never thought Unnecessary Censorship would be on every single week designed for 11 years. ”
Many of their ideas although, have made Kimmel a lightning rod for controversy, with the past few months being no exception. Along with a Twitter feud with Kanye West that was later on resolved on air, he aroused ire after an installment from the “Kids Table” segment featured 1 child suggest that the U. Ersus. debt crisis could be solved “kill[ing] everyone in China” (the segment has since been completely dropped from the show). This individual also ran afoul with some individuals after a stunt where a woman established herself on fire in a bizarre twerking accident.
“I thought that was an interesting way of placing your show on the air before you decide to put your show on the air, ” Kimmel said of the twerking hoax. “I think people got a kick out of it, but a few people were annoyed by it, which I really don’t understand. People complain they need something different, but then complain when they have it. ”
Nevertheless, it’s these antics that have helped make Jimmy Kimmel Reside! such a hot late night commodity (it generated $49. 9 million in advertising revenue within the first of 2013); and Kimmel’s recent promotion to 11: 35 p. m. – where he would move head-to-head with institutions like The Tonight Show and Late Show With David Letterman – even prompted NBC to fast-track The Tonight Show sponsor swap from Jay Leno in order to Jimmy Fallon, which is now established for February.