Jimmy Kimmel has announced he won’t be airing a new episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live against David Letterman’s final episode of the Late Show.
Kimmel has always respected Letterman immensely so this is a nice gesture. He said “I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show. Plus I’ll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work”.
This didn’t happen with Jay Leno stepped down from The Tonight Show – many talk shows aired new episodes opposite the finale.
A rerun of Jimmy Kimmel Live will air opposite Dave’s finale.
This is reminiscent of when Johnny Carson’s last Tonight Show aired and Comedy Central went off air simply broadcasting the words “Watching Johnny Carson’s last show and so should you”.