Jimmy Kimmel joked about the big move he’s scheduled to make in January, while his soon-to-be direct competitors — Dave and Jay — ignored the news in their monologues Tuesday night.
Kimmel, 44, loaded up his own monologue with jokes referencing the announcement earlier on Tuesday that his show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” will move its start time to 11:35 p.m. eastern time on Jan. 8 — placing him directly against the frontrunner “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC and David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS.
But the two aging late-night leaders — Leno, 62, and Letterman, 65 — made no mention of the new competitive landscape on their own shows.
Here’s what Kimmel had to say, according to a transcript of his monologue posted here, on the showbiz Web site Deadline.com:
“It was a big day for us here today,” Kimmel said. “You may have heard about this – or maybe not. ABC, our network, announced today that, starting in January – right around our 10-year anniversary – our show is moving from midnight to 11:35. I hope this doesn’t throw off my feeding schedule!”
“Moving from midnight to 11:35 might not sound like a big deal – it’s only 25 minutes – but it’s probably the most important 25 minutes of my life since the first 14 times I had sex!”
“So to all those people who’ve been telling me ‘your show is on too late for me’ – you’re going to need a new excuse. Like ‘your show sucks’!”
“Starting in January, ‘Nightline’ will be on after us – but other than that, not much will change. Although we are in negotiations to replace Guillermo with Mario Lopez!”