Kimmel to Host ABC’s ‘Set for Life’

Aug 22, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host ABC’s new prime-time game show “Set for Life.”

“I tried to tell ABC that it is too difficult to do a talk show every night and an hour-long prime-time show too,” Mr. Kimmel said in a release. “Unfortunately, there’s a 75-year-old man named Regis who seems to have no problem with it.”

The Endemol USA game show “Life” gives contestants the opportunity to win a monthly payout for the rest of their lives. The contestants will never know if they have won or lost a fortune until their isolated partner joins them onstage at the end of the game. The show will premiere sometime in the 2006-07 season.

In addition to his work on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Mr. Kimmel co-created and executive produces MTV2’s “Crank Yankers” and “The Andy Milonakis Show.” He co-hosted Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” served as on-air prognosticator for “Fox NFL Sunday” and co-hosted Comedy Central’s game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” which won him an Emmy in 1999.

Mr. Kimmel also serves as creative consultant to his former “Man Show” co-host Adam Carolla’s nationally syndicated morning radio show. Mr. Kimmel began his career in morning radio and rose to prominence as “Jimmy the Sports Guy” on KROQ’S “Kevin and Bean Show.”

“Set for Life” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Scott St. John.

Christopher Lisotta