Storm Forces Kimmel to Cancel First Night of New York Shows

Jimmy Kimmel came to New York just in time for a hurricane, forcing him to cancel Monday night's show (Photo: ABC)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” became the first of the New York-based late-night shows to cancel Monday night’s show due to the historic hurricane that’s bearing down on the city.

And CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” have decided to go ahead with their shows, but without studio audiences — due to concerns about the safety of audience members who would have to find ways of getting to the shows’ respective venues. The “Letterman” show will go on without an audience on Tuesday too, while the “Fallon” show has yet to decide on that.

In addition, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central have both announced that they’re pulling the plug on Monday night’s shows too. “Tomorrow’s status is to be determined,” a Comedy Central spokeswoman told us.

But it’s the “Kimmel” show cancellation that is the biggest disappointment, especially for the normally L.A.-based Jimmy Kimmel, who for months had been planning this triumphant week of shows from Brooklyn, the city of his birth.

But now, the Brooklyn shows are on hold, at least for Monday night, and possibly Tuesday night too (though the status of Night Two was not announced). “Due to stupid Hurricane Sandy and in the interest of the safety of our studio audience, ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ will not broadcast tonight,” read a statement from the show released early Monday afternoon. “We are hopeful to be back on the air tomorrow night with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings,” the statement said.

Kimmel’s guests on the now-cancelled Monday show were going to be fellow Brooklyn native Chris Rock, Kelly Ripa and Alicia Keys.

Meanwhile, Letterman’s guests Monday night will be Denzel Washington and musician Paul Banks, as scheduled, a Letterman spokeswoman said. There was no word on the status of the other scheduled guest on Monday, however — “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette.

How — or to whom — Letterman and Fallon will deliver monologues, or if they’ll deliver monologues at all on these audience-less shows, is anybody’s guess at this point. Dave’s scheduled guests for Tuesday are: Kate Hudson and Ken Burns. Jimmy Fallon’s scheduled guests Monday night are: John Goodman and “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi.

The safety of audience members, and their ability to travel around New York City in order to make it to the various late-night show studios in time for scheduled tapings (if at all), seems to be the primary factor in the various decisions being made on Monday about whether or not to proceed with shows Monday night.

For the “Kimmel” show, the decision to bail on Monday’s show was likely due primarily to its location at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in downtown Brooklyn. With the storm gathering strength, authorities have shut down subway service citywide, which would have made it nearly impossible for members of Kimmel’s audience to travel to the Brooklyn venue. In addition, various bridges and tunnels leading to Brooklyn were closing on late Monday.

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