Jimmy Kimmel has signed a new three-year deal to continue his late-night talk show.

The 54-year-old star, who also executive produced “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” since its launch in 2003 – will remain on the air beyond its two-decade anniversary next year after signing an extension before its contract expires in 2023.

In a statement, he quipped: “After two decades at the ABC, I’m looking forward to three years of what they call a ‘quiet retirement’.”

ABC welcomed Jimmy as a “big part” of their family and hailed his “dynamic interviews and irreverent humor”.

ABC Entertainment President Craig Erwich said, “For 20 years, Jimmy Kimmel has been an important part of the ABC family.

“Not only has he entertained our audiences night after night with his sharp comedy, dynamic interviews and irreverent humor, but he has guided us through some of the most important events in our history with optimism and heart.”

Back in June – before his run was extended beyond 2023 – Jimmy admitted he wasn’t sure what his next move would be.

He explained: “It’s a shame I knew what I was going to do. I have moments where I say, “I can’t do this anymore.” And I have moments where I think, “What am I going to do with my life when I’m not doing this anymore?”

“It’s a very complicated thing. And there are practical considerations and family and friendship considerations and work colleagues.”

Meanwhile, he admitted that he was aware that his performance on television could not last forever, and one day he would have to make a difficult decision.

He added: “And eventually I’ll have to stop it. I’m not going to do this forever.

“I would be completely disingenuous if I said that I had decided one way or another. However, I think about it a lot.”


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