ABC Sets New Three-Year Deal With Jimmy Kimmel

Network president Channing Dungey announced the contract extension Tuesday during ABC's upfront presentation.
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Jimmy Kimmel is staying put at ABC.

The late-night host has signed a new three-year deal with the network, entertainment president Channing Dungey announced Tuesday at the network's upfront presentation.

Kimmel, as in recent years, was on hand for the presentation to skewer the network he has called home for more than a decade. His time roasting ABC came one day after he served as Kelly Ripa's first substitute co-host on Live With Kelly! — also produced by ABC — after the exit of Michael Strahan.

In addition to serving as host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which continues to gain ground opposite Jimmy Fallon on NBC and Stephen Colbert on CBS, Kimmel will host the Emmys for ABC in September. 

Kimmel, who has been at the network since 2003, most recently signed a two-year contract extension in 2014. This latest deal will keep him on ABC through the fall of 2019 and make him the longest-running host in late night. 

In addition to signature sketches such as "Mean Tweets" and "Lie Witness News," Kimmel has been able to use other success stories at ABC and parent company Disney to his ratings advantage. He has regularly welcomed stars like Kerry Washington and even prolific producer Shonda Rhimes for Scandal-themed Thursdays tied to the hit drama.

Kimmel also has regularly hosted post-Oscars specials to take advantage of the eyeballs tuning into the network for film's biggest night. Last year, he hosted a special Star Wars broadcast that included director J.J. Abrams and stars of the franchise past and present ahead of The Force Awaken's blockbuster December debut.

Now in its 14th season, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been able to tout stability as CBS and NBC have both changed late-night hosts in the past several years, with Fallon and Seth Meyers taking over at NBC and Colbert, along with James Corden, grabbing the reins at CBS.

Broadcast from Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel Live! is also executive produced by Jill Leiderman, with Jason Schrift, Douglas DeLuca, Erin Irwin and David Craig serving as co-executive producers. Jackhole Industries produces the show in association with ABC Studios.

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