A TV host who has been a fixture of the late-night broadcast landscape is thinking about retiring when his current contract runs out. Variety reports that Jimmy Kimmel may call it a night when his deal expires in fall 2019.
Kimmel has been hosting his ABC late-night show for 14 years, the report notes — and working 70-hour weeks in the process.
Variety, which is running a cover story on Kimmel, quotes him saying: “I know I will do the show for another three years. It’s possible that will be it. My wife’s pregnant. At a certain point, I’d like to have a little more free time. I have very little free time as it is.”
Variety adds: “As the executive producer — and ‘control freak’ — of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ Kimmel arrives in his Hollywood studios at 9 a.m., shoots at around 5 p.m., and returns to his computer after dinner.”
Says Kimmel: “I think this job is a grind, and best-case scenario, a marathon. I want to go out on my own terms. If I ever feel like we’re repeating ourselves, I think it’s a good indication that it’s time.”
Kimmel, 49, has also been tapped to host this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.
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