Jimmy Kimmel Books Lifelong Idol David Letterman on His Show

Letterman, whom Kimmel had famously asked to be his first guest, is finally turning up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" when Kimmel brings his show to his hometown of Brooklyn this month.
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Jimmy Kimmel's lifelong idol, David Letterman, is heading to his couch.


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Letterman will join Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tracy Morgan as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when the ABC host brings his late-night show to his hometown of Brooklyn for one week later this month. The move is a monumental one for Kimmel, who grew up wearing a Late Night With David Letterman jacket and would celebrate his birthday with a Late Night cake.

In fact, by the time Kimmel reached driving age, his first car, an Isuzu I-Mark, had a "L8Nite" vanity plate. "I mean, I'd draw Dave's face on every book cover. I was like a teenage girl in love with him," Kimmel joked during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2011. In a letter that is now framed in Kimmel's office, Letterman declined the invitation to be his first guest. 

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JKL is set to broadcast from BAM -- the Brooklyn Academy of Music -- from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, which will coincide with the newly minted Brooklyn Nets' inaugural game at the new Barclays Center. The series of Brooklyn-based shows will also feature musical performances by Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Vampire Weekend and The Avett Brothers with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as a tour of his old neighborhood and childhood home. 

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