ABC Discusses ‘Kimmel’-‘Nightline’ Shuffle

Jan 28, 2009  •  Post A Comment

ABC has held meetings to discuss the possibility of moving “Jimmy Kimmel Live” into “Nightline’s” slot in order to directly compete with NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” the New York Times reports, citing unnamed sources familiar with the discussions. ABC executives on both the entertainment and news side, including Disney-ABC Television Group President Anne Sweeney, have denied the meetings took place, and Jimmy Kimmel has declined to comment, the newspaper says. Speculation about such a move began after NBC’s late-night shake-up, which includes having Conan O’Brien take over “Tonight” and stripping Jay Leno weeknights at 10 p.m. starting this spring, the Times adds.
—Sergio Ibarra

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