Jimmy Kimmel celebrated his 20th year as ABC’s late-night host early by signing a three-year contract for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

“After two decades at ABC, I’m looking forward to three years of what they call a ‘quiet retirement,'” Kimmel quipped in a statement Tuesday.

His show debuted in January 2003, and the new deal means he’ll stay with it through the 2025-26 season, giving him ample opportunity to make comedic hay out of politicians’ favorite monologues and the 2024 presidential election.

Among the network’s late-night hosts, Kimmel, CBS’s Stephen Colbert and James Corden and NBC’s Seth Meyers regularly engage in political humor, with Kimmel increasing his focus during Donald Trump’s years in and out of the White House.

Kimmel’s decision contrasts with changes in late-night programming. Conan O’Brien ended his show in 2021, Corden announced he is leaving “The Late Late Show” next year for other opportunities, and TBS announced that “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” is ending after seven seasons.

In addition to his late-night work, Kimmel has become a mainstay as an awards host — including at the 2017 Oscars, when he tried to clear up a best picture mix-up that left hosts Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announcing “La La Land ” as the winner over “Moonlight”.

The three-time Emmy-winning host made a mistake at the Sept. 12 television awards ceremony while presenting the script for the comedy series the Quinto Brunson Trophycreator and star of the ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary.

A feigned drunken Kimmel was pulled onto the stage by co-host Will Arnett to announce Brunson’s award, and Kimmel remained on his back during her acceptance speech. He was roasted on the Internet as some are thoughtless, while others exemplify the arrogance of white menand apologized to Brunson two days later on his show.

“The last thing I want to do is upset you because I think about you so much. I think you know that. I hope you know that,” he told her, to which Brunson replied, “It’s very kind of you to say that.”

Kimmel also hosts and co-executive produces with Norman Lear the ABC specials “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” which revisit episodes of Lear’s classic sitcoms, including All in the Family. Kimmel is also the creator of the game show Generation Gap hosted by Kelly Ripa.

This month, he will bring his late-night show, nominated 12 times in a row for best variety series, to Brooklyn for a week. Kimmel, whose longtime partner is Guillermo Rodriguez, is known for comedy bits including “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy,” which can be seen on the show and on a YouTube channel that has grown his audience.

Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement that Kimmel not only entertained viewers with his irreverent humor and interviews, but also “led us through some of the most important events in our history with optimism and heart.”

The host shared harrowing details of his young son’s medical problem and called for health care reform.

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