Fans of Jimmy Kimmel Live may witness the late night show end soon. Recent reports suggest that the series’ host may retire in the near future.
Speaking to Variety, Kimmel detailed his thoughts on his plans down the road. Based on his statement, the host could be considering ending the run of his late night gig. Kimmel told the source:
“I know I will do the show for another three years. It’s possible that will be it. My wife’s pregnant. At a certain point, I’d like to have a little more free time. I have very little free time as it is.”
The host further detailed that his contract expires in 2019. Should he decide to end the show’s run, it will most likely wrap with season 17. Jimmy Kimmel Live is currently on its 15th season.
The host certainly has a good reason to leave the show. As per Variety, Kimmel dedicates majority of his time in producing each episode of Live!. The source details that the host arrives at his studio at 9 a.m., shoots all the way at 5 p.m. and still has more things to do after that.
When the time comes that Kimmel ends the show, he won’t be returning for another late night gig. Instead, he tells Variety that his interests include those of the arts–like drawing, writing or sculpture.
It remains to be seen whether Kimmel’s decision is final or if he changes his mind as 2019 approaches. For now, fans can savor the moment by watching Jimmy Kimmel Live episodes every night.
Outside Jimmy Kimmel Live: Hosting the Oscars
Aside from his late night hosting, Jimmy Kimmel has another project that will keep him busy. The host will serve as M.C. for this year’s Academy Awards.
Kimmel did a lengthy interview with The New York Times about the upcoming Oscars 2017. The host and the outlet discussed a range of topics including the possibility for political speeches and even Kimmel’s chance to promote the show. However, the highlight of the interview rests on the host’s preparation for the event.
“We’ll do some crowd work and see how it goes. We do it in whatever spare time we have. After the show, I usually spend an hour or two on the Oscars, and dedicate Fridays to joke-writing and planning and interviews and meetings, promo shoots. Eventually it adds up.”
Catch Jimmy Kimmel Live every night at 11:35 p.m. in ABC. Meanwhile, this year’s Academy Awards happens on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
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