Remember the Late Night Wars from the ’90s? Well, Jimmy Kimmel will be throwing his weight into that fight. I’m having the same reaction as when there was a fight in school. I’m excited and I want to see some blood. Will Kimmel’s ratings destroy Jay Leno and David Letterman? Will Leno and Letterman’s decades old following trounce the newcomer? No one knows, but one thing is for sure... I’ll be watching.
Why is ABC making this move now?
“Given the passionate fan base Jimmy Kimmel Live has built over the past decade, and the show’s ratings and creative momentum this season, the time is right to make this move,” said Anne Sweeney, president of Disney ABC Television Group, in a statement.
And on the other side of the ring...
"The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses.
NBC Universal imposed the cutbacks Friday, according to a person familiar with the moves. The person asked not to be identified because NBC Universal hadn't officially disclosed the cost cutting.
The payroll purge affected about 10 percent of the roughly 200 people who work on "The Tonight Show," still the top-rated late-night program. Viewers shouldn't notice any changes in programming at "The Tonight Show," the person said.
NBC Universal is trying to improve its financial performance under the ownership of Comcast Corp., which bought the entertainment company last year.
"Jay's foremost concern is for the wonderful people who work with him at `The Tonight Show,"' said Bruce Bobbins, a spokesman for Leno. "He did what was necessary to ensure their well-being."