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article imageABC renews Kimmel contract

By Alex Veeneman     May 6, 2014 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - The US television network ABC is to renew the contract of the comedian and television personality Jimmy Kimmel for two years.
According to a report from The New York Times, Kimmel, who has presented the late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live since 2003, was to be given a two year contract renewal that would keep him at ABC through January of 2017.
Reached by email, Candice Ashton, a spokeswoman for ABC, confirmed the deal to Digital Journal.
The news of Kimmel's contract renewal comes as CBS prepares to shake up its late night line-up. Stephen Colbert is to take over from the retiring David Letterman in 2015, while Craig Ferguson announced last week his intentions to step down as host of The Late Late Show, the program that airs immediately following Letterman's, at 12:35am ET.
For NBC, the news will come as Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers' programs have been in their timeslots since February.
Kimmel's program is up in viewers by 16 percent, the fourth season the audience has increased, the Times report adds.
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