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Wednesday June 18, 2008 12:32 pm

Jimmy Kimmel Gets Contract Extension

Jimmy KimmelBack in February, Sarah Silverman helped boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel celebrate his show’s 5-year anniversary with a special video. Now it looks like she may have reason to give him another gift.

While NBC is prepping to give an early boot, ABC is working to keep its late-night host around a little longer. The network has just announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live! will remain on the air through at least 2010.

This news comes as Kimmel’s popularity has seen some growth. In addition to his popular YouTube videos, the comedian has hosted a number of pre- and post-event specials (NBA, Oscars). He even traveled cross-country for a whole week when he co-hosted Live with Regis and Kelly in New York while continuing with his regular job in LA.

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Kimmel’s success has also been reflected his show’s ratings. Live! only took a 4% hit post-strike while most of his competitors saw double-digit drops. Additionally, the program’s numbers have been within reach of The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and .

While I’m thrilled for Jimmy, I’m even happier for Guillermo. Any guy willing to make fun of himself over and over again deserves more air time.

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