Kimmel's Tribute to Dave: He'll Air Rerun on May 20
He won't compete against his idol's final show
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2015 5:13 PM CDT
In this photo released by CBS, Jimmy Kimmel talks with David Letterman on Letterman's show in 2010.   (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)

(Newser) – It's not always cutthroat in the late-night talk show biz: ABC's Jimmy Kimmel tells the New York Times that he'll air a rerun on May 20 in deference to David Letterman's last show. “I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show,” says Kimmel. “Plus, I’ll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work.” No other rival plans the same, and Kimmel's move is especially notable because it occurs during sweeps month, notes the Hollywood Reporter. (In an interview, Letterman says CBS never consulted him about his replacement. It turned out to be Stephen Colbert, who also was making headlines today.)