NBC Exec: “Tonight Show” Won’t Change Despite Kimmel’s Move
(NEW YORK) — NBC isn’t worried that Jimmy Kimmel is moving his ABC late-night show to an earlier time slot this Tuesday.
Jimmy Kimmel Live will begin airing at 11:35 p.m. Eastern time, the time slot currently occupied by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC and Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. At Kimmel’s current midnight time slot, he has only opposed Jay Leno and David Letterman for about a half-hour.
Paul Telegdy, the president of late night and alternative programming for NBC, says his network has survived other changes to the late-night landscape in the past.
He says, “I don’t know if Jimmy Kimmel is planning to radically change his show as part of the move, but if it’s the same show at a different hour, I think that we’ve lived through a number of those transitions.”
Telegdy does know that Leno won’t make any changes to The Tonight Show in response to Kimmel’s move. He says Leno and executive producer Debbie Vickers “consistently just put out a terrific, terrific show. Week in, week out.”
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