Jimmy Kimmel Congratulates New Rival Jimmy Fallon on 'Tonight Show' Transition
There is likely no one as excited about the Tonight Show transition news as Jimmy Fallon himself, but it stands to reason that Jimmy Kimmel is a close second.
The host of ABC's late-night entry Jimmy Kimmel Live! tweeted his well-wishes to the officially named future host of Tonight on Wednesday, writing, "congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon - a formidable rival and an incredible lover."
Kimmel, whose show began broadcasting at 11:35 in January, has long been publicly critical of Leno, whom he has hated since the now-departing host earned the Tonight Show job over David Letterman -- Kimmel's hero -- in 1992. He also harbors resentment over Leno's flirtation with ABC, which included befriending Kimmel, before deciding to stick with NBC.
Speaking of Leno's comedy act, Kimmel told Rolling Stone in January, "As a comedian, you can't not have disdain for what he's done. He totally sold out. He was a master chef who opened a Burger King."
More recently, he told CNN that he would be happy to be the reason Leno lost his program.