Kimmel Rips ABC to Shreds

Slams own network at advertiser presentation

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 20, 2009 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Jimmy Kimmel took the stage yesterday at a network presentation for advertisers, and promptly bit the hands that feed him—ripping into ABC, its advertisers, and even Jay Leno, writes Dave Itzkoff in the New York Times reports. “All of ABC’s late-night comedy talent is assembled here on one stage,” he said after stepping on. Then: “Let's get real here. Let’s get Dr. Phil-real here. These new fall shows? We’re going to cancel about 90% of them. Maybe more.”

He told advertisers they needed “therapy” for coming back to ABC every year. “We completely lie to you, and then you pass those lies onto your clients.” NBC’s decision to show Leno earlier is “giving Jay’s viewers exactly what they want. An early-bird special.” Finally, he told the audience, “the important thing to remember is: who cares, it’s not your money.”

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Nov. 23, 2008.   (AP Photo)
Television host Jimmy Kimmel is interviewed at the home of Adam Carolla, not seen in photo, in Los Angeles, March 19, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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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. - Dave Itzkoff, New York Times

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