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(2003– )

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On August 21, 2012, ABC announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) would be moved from 12:00 a.m. to 11:35 p.m., putting the show up directly against "The Tonight Show" and "The Late Show", for the first time since its debut. "Nightline" would be moving to 12:35 a.m. after Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003). The change went into effect in January 2013.
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According to Jimmy Kimmel, his least favorite guest was Vivica A. Fox. Fox threatened Kimmel for making jokes about her friend, Star Jones.
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The show was originally broadcast live. In 2004, due to increasing concerns about offending local affiliates, the show began taping an hour before airtime, so network executives can vet it before it goes to air.
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The show's house band is Cleto and the Cletones, led by saxophonist Cleto Escobedo III, a childhood friend of Jimmy Kimmel.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) was ABC's first attempt at a traditional late-night talk show since its attempt to revive "The Dick Cavett Show" in the 1980s.
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Despite its name, the show had not actually aired live since 2004, when censors were unable to properly bleep censor a barrage of swearing from Thomas Jane.
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The opening theme song, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", was sung by the late Robert Goulet.
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Following the subsequent retirements of Jay Leno in February 2014 and David Letterman in May 2015, Jimmy Kimmel became the longest-serving host in network late-night television.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) was nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Variety Talk Series category, but lost to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014).
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As mentioned before the show never airs live despite the title except for major events such as the Oscars.
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The April 20th, 2017 broadcast was the last episode to air before Kimmel went on temporary hiatus for the birth of his son William who was born with a heart defect.
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The May 1st, 2017 broadcast was the first episode to air since Kimmel went on temporary hiatus for the birth of his son William who was born with the heart defect TOF. Kimmel gives an emotional monologue explaining his son's condition Kimmel's guests that night were cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz who explains the condition and snowboarder Shaun White who himself also suffered TOF.
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