03/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jimmy Kimmel: "I Would [Want 11:30]," "I'll Be Excited And... Ready To Go At 11:30"

In his first extensive interview since learning Jay Leno is not jumping to ABC, Jimmy Kimmel reacts to Leno's surprising decision, talks about his own 11:30 rumors and says the days of TV personalities making big money are numbered.

What if Fox or someone else came calling offering you 11:30?

Fox doesn't really have an 11:30 spot, but I really don't worry about it too much. I'd be lying if I said I don't think about it.... There were so many factors, so many people involved. The truth is, the safest thing for me to do would be to stay right where I am because I can stay in this time slot indefinitely. But if ABC one day asked me to go to 11:30, I'll be excited and I'll be ready to go at 11:30. It's not something I bug them about.

So do you want 11:30? Would you do things differently?

Yeah I would [want 11:30], sure. Would I do anything different? Mostly thematic. I don't think the approach of the show would be much different. I'd like to have more staff. We put out a lot of material every night and we do it with a smaller group than most shows--but essentially it would be the same thing. There are a lot of boring things I could tell you about, but as far as big changes that would be about it. Maybe we'd need a bigger theater, a theater that looks bigger on camera. We're in a very old building.

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