Is Jimmy Kimmel Live! ending soon?

Jimmy Kimmel admits that he’s thinking about how much longer he can do his ABC talk show

Jimmy Kimmel in ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live! won’t be on the air forever. That’s what Jimmy Kimmel said during his appearance on Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast last week.

The future of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Though the late-night talk show continues to air on ABC every weeknight, Kimmel admitted on the podcast that he is thinking about how much longer he can go on with the show, now that he’s got more kids since the program debuted in 2003, and given the several changes that have been happening in the late-night TV bloc as of late.

“I wish I knew I was gonna do,” Kimmel said. “I have moments where I go, ‘I cannot do this anymore.’ And I have moments where I go, ‘What am I gonna do with my life if I’m not doing this anymore?’ It’s a very complicated thing. And there are practical considerations, and there are family and friend considerations and coworker considerations.”

While it’s not clear how long Jimmy Kimmel Live! will remain on the air, Kimmel pointed out that there will come a time when the show will be over. “Eventually, I am going to have to stop doing this. I’m not going to do this forever,” Kimmel revealed. “I would not be honest at all if I said that I have decided one way or the other. I’m thinking about it a lot, though.”

Kimmel’s thoughts come over a month after fellow late-night talk show host James Corden announced that he would be leaving CBS’ The Late Late Show in mid-2023, and a year after Conan O’Brien’s eponymous late-night talk show on TBS wrapped up its 11-season run in June 2021.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! episodes

As of May 2022, Jimmy Kimmel Live! has aired a total of 3,209 episodes spanning 20 seasons, making it the longest-running late-night talk show on ABC. Airing every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. ET, the Emmy-winning program features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians, and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band.

Some of its most notable segments are Mean Tweets, This Week in Unnecessary Censorship, Jimmy Kimmel Pedestrian Question, and Generation Gap. Since its premiere, the show has already won three Primetime Emmys.

Jimmy Kimmel’s family

Kimmel and Gina Maddy tied the knot in 1988 and divorced in 2002. They share two children together: daughter Katherine, who was born in 1991. and son Kevin, who was born in 1993.

Kimmel started dating Molly McNearney, a co-head writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in October 2009. After getting engaged in 2012, the two married a year after. They also share two kids together: daughter Jane, who was born in 2014, and son William John, who was born in 2017 with a rare congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia. He underwent successful surgery at three days of age.

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