Jimmy Kimmel Won't Air New Episode Opposite David Letterman's Last Show Out of "Respect"

Letterman signs off 'Late Show' on May 20.
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Many stars are paying tribute to David Letterman as the long-running late-night host prepares to sign off from CBS' Late Show on May 20 — and that includes his time slot rival Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel told The New York Times that he is not planning to do a live show that night and instead viewers will see a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! (both shows air at 11:35 p.m. weeknights; Kimmel airs on ABC).

"I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show," Kimmel said via email. "Plus, I'll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work."

It's especially noteworthy given that May is an all-important sweeps month for the networks; Kimmel plans to air new episodes every other night that week.

A rep for Kimmel confirmed the news.

Reps for NBC's Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and TBS' Conan said both will air new shows the night of May 20.