UPDATE: Jimmy Kimmel just announced via twitter that tonight's show in Brooklyn is canceled.
Though it pains us to do it, JKLfrom #Brooklyn tonight is cancelled.I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 29, 2012
No announcement has been made about the rest of the week's shows.
Schools may be closed, the subway may be shut down and some neighborhoods may have already been evacuated, but that's apparently not stopping Jimmy Kimmel from taping live shows in Brooklyn this week.
A representative for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" told EW, "We are bringing in backup generators and will be able to do our show in the event of a power failure.... We are also flying staff and crew out earlier to beat the storm. We have had no audience dropouts so far despite news of the storm."
Kimmel, who normally shoots his show in Los Angeles, celebrated his dad's 67th birthday at Brooklyn's famous Grimaldi's Pizza just last night. He's scheduled to tape this week's shows starting tonight at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
However, other performers have decided the risk of the show going on is too great. Louis C.K. was scheduled to perform at City Center on Sunday, but canceled for fear of endangering fans. He posted to his web site:
"I thought about this very carefully and I really started to worry about making 4300 people come into midtown manhattan on Sunday night, which is just when the stormatron 5000 is supposed to crush our empire. new york state has ordered the shutdown of all mass transit (subways, buses and commuter trains) as of 7pm Sunday night.... I know that a lot of people are excited to come and they are fine with taking the chance but I really don't want a pole to smash your face in because you saw some comedy."
Guests scheduled to appear this week on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" include Chris Rock, Kelly Ripa, and Alicia Keys on Oct. 29, Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Oct. 30, David Letterman and Vampire Weekend on Oct. 31, and Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and the Avett Brothers featuring the Brooklyn Philharmonic on Nov. 1. However, Stern says he's considering canceling depending on how bad the storm gets. "I don’t want to disappoint the guy. I love him.... I don’t really want to die to go to Jimmy’s show..." he told Examiner.
It remains to be seen if Kimmel will reconsider as the storm gets closer, but with public transportation suspended and the city bracing for Sandy to make landfall, there could be quite a few dropouts after all.
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