ABC Extends Jimmy Kimmel Contract Through 2010

06/26/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael Schneider Variety

ABC is extending its option with latenight host Jimmy Kimmel by another year, keeping him at the network through at least 2010.

Decision to exercise an early extension comes as Kimmel has received positive attention for his "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night" series of post-NBA Finals specials, which included a now-famous fist bump Sunday with presidential candidate Barack Obama. Rival candidate John McCain was scheduled to appear on Kimmel's show following Tuesday's NBA game.

Those "Game Night" specials have averaged 3 million viewers, giving the show a bit more exposure than its usual aud.

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