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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jimmy Kimmel Blasts ABC.


May212009
From Gone Hollywood
By Allie @ Gone Hollywood

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Jimmy Kimmel Blasts ABC, Risks Losing Job

If Jimmy Kimmel still has a job at ABC on Wednesday, he is either a very lucky or very deft comedian, or he has great blackmail photos of the network executives.

At Tuesday afternoon’s upfront presentation in New York, Mr. Kimmel, the host of ABC’s late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” delivered a withering, blistering monologue that took direct aim at ABC, its potential advertisers and his NBC late-night rival, Jay Leno. The assembled advertisers received his performance with a mixture of uneasy laughs and the occasional gasp.

Bouncing onto the stage at just after 4 p.m., Mr. Kimmel self-deprecatingly declared, “All of ABC’s late night comedy talent is assembled here on one stage.” After rattling off a few statistics about the affluence of his viewers, he then admitted that he’d made all the numbers up. (He said so in a more obscene way.)

Then, in a “Jerry Maguire”-like moment of clarity, Mr. Kimmel said,

“Everything you’re going to hear this week is nonsense. Let’s get real here. Let’s get Dr. Phil-real here. These new fall shows? We’re going to cancel about 90 percent of them. Maybe more.”

If ABC is so confident in its new fall shows, he asked, why is it announcing them at the same time it announces the midseason shows that will replace those fall shows? “This show ‘Shark Tank’ has the word tank right in the title,” he said.

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A Note from our talent network news hollybeej insider..
this was funny but not sure why its news. this happens every year at the upfronts. comedians/talent/execs who are making presentations make fun of their own networks. letterman does it all the time on his show. stupid news. I guess the writer was new to the upfronts.

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