Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on ABC. The nightly hour-long show made its debut on January 26, 2003, following Super Bowl XXXVII. Jimmy Kimmel Live! is produced by Jackhole Productions in association with ABC Studios .
From its premiere until February 4, 2011, the show aired at 12:05 am Eastern Time. The show then aired at Midnight Eastern Time starting February 7, 2011. On August 21, 2012, ABC announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live! would be moving 25 minutes earlier to 11:35 pm ET beginning on January 8, 2013, putting the show in direct competition with The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report and Conan, while bumping Nightline to 12:35 am ET.
Contrary to its name, Jimmy Kimmel Live! no longer airs live; instead, it is taped at 4:30 pm Pacific Time on the day of broadcast. On rare occasions, though, it airs a special live edition, usually after major events like the Academy Awards ceremonies. Until 2009, new episodes aired five nights a week; from 2009 to 2012, the Friday episode was a rebroadcast of a recent episode. Starting with the January 2013 move, the Friday episode has been retitled Jimmy Kimmel Live! This Week, and airs highlights from the entire week of shows.
On April 14, 2009 after the March sweeps break, the show began broadcasting in 720p high definition. However, ABC stations that air the show on tape delay due to local programming and do not have the capability to air tape-delayed network programming in HD, air the show in 480i standard definition. It is the longest running late-night talk show in ABC’s history, having lasted longer than The Dick Cavett Show (1969–1975) and Politically Incorrect (1997–2002).
Host: Jimmy Kimmel
James Christian “Jimmy” Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American comedian, voice actor, actor, writer, producer, musician, television host, and radio personality. He is the host and creator of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a late-night talk show that airs on ABC. Prior to that, Kimmel was best known as the co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show and Win Ben Stein’s Money. Kimmel is also a television producer, having produced shows such as Crank Yankers, Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, and The Andy Milonakis Show.
Sidekick: Guillermo Rodriguez
Guillermo Rodriguez (born January 27, 1971, Zacatecas, Mexico), widely known as Guillermo, is a talk show personality who rose to fame while working as a parking lot security guard at the Hollywood Blvd studios for American late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
House Band: Cleto and the Cletones
Cleto and the Cletones is the moniker of the “house band” on the ABC-TV late-night television program, Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003–present). Cleto Escobedo III is the leader of the sextet, and plays the alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones on the show, as well as occasionally singing both on camera and off (for comedy bits and other musical segments). He grew up as a neighbor of host Jimmy Kimmel in Las Vegas and after briefly attending UNLV, he joined the band Santa Fe (now Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns).