Jimmy Kimmel renews contract with ABC, looks forward to ‘quietly stepping down’

ABC announced Tuesday that Kimmel has signed a three-year contract extension to remain as host and executive producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

The show will mark its 20th season in January and the late night host joked that it will mark the anniversary of cruise control.

“After two decades at ABC, I now look forward to three years of what they call ‘quietly quitting,'” Kimmel said in a press release.

“Not only did he entertain our audiences night after night with his sharp comedy, dynamic interviews and irreverent humor, but he led us through some of the most important events in our history with optimism and heart,” said Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals, said in a statement.

Kimmel’s contract was set to expire in 2023. In an interview with Variety earlier this summer, he admitted he had thought about quitting the show.

“I have times where I go, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ And I have moments where I wonder ‘What am I going to do with my life if I don’t do this anymore?’ It’s a very complicated thing. And there are practical considerations, and there are family and friend considerations and co-worker considerations,” Kimmel said. “Eventually, I’m going to have to stop doing this. I’m not going to do this forever.”

So even if not forever, at least for the foreseeable future.