Leno, Kimmel to appear on each other's shows

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel will appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show on Jan. 10, followed by an appearance by Leno on Kimmel Live later that night, according to a joint statement released by the networks this morning. In the statement, Leno said, "There are only a few people in the world who know how tough this job is. Jimmy is one of them. It will be fun to discuss who’s a good guest, who’s a difficult guest and everything else that comes with sitting behind these desks." Added Kimmel, "If Jay and I can come together and guest on each other’s shows, then surely there is hope for peace in the Middle East."

The pairing of the two hosts is rather odd, given how both men work for competing networks (though their shows air in different time slots and appeal to different demographics). What’s more, Kimmel has never been the biggest Leno supporter; he’s always been quicker to champion Letterman’s brand of comedy and has been known to take pot shots at the NBC host. But Kimmel and Leno have reportedly become confidantes of late, an apparent act of solidarity for the two hosts who, unlike CBS’ late night stars, returned to the air Jan. 2 without their writers in tow, forcing both to come up with their own material.

Leno came under fire by the WGA for writing his own monologue upon returning with the Tonight Show. The WGA claims his actions were a violation of strike rules; NBC maintains that Leno was within his rights per the network’s collective agreement with the union.

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  • me

    Leno and Kimmel together will still be half as funny as Letterman. With or without writers.

  • Mike

    This kind of stunt hasn’t been done since Jimmy shuttled back and forth across the country to co-host Regis and Kelly for a week a few months ago. It sounds like a little desperation on both sides.

  • Brian N – Sioux City, Ia.

    This may seem like an act of desparation on their parts (Leno & Kimmel) to find show content, but the writers union doesn’t give them much choice. Kudos to the person who thought of this idea.

  • Brian N – Sioux City, Ia.

    This may seem like an act of desparation on their parts (Leno & Kimmel) to find show content, but the writers union doesn’t give them much choice. Kudos to the person who thought of this idea.

  • Brian N – Sioux City, Ia.

    This may seem like an act of desparation on their parts (Leno & Kimmel) to find show content, but the writers union doesn’t give them much choice. Kudos to the person who thought of this idea.

  • Brian N – Sioux City, Ia.

    This may seem like an act of desparation on their parts (Leno & Kimmel) to find show content, but the writers union doesn’t give them much choice. Kudos to the person who thought of this idea.

  • krushgroove

    Looks like Howard Stern will be looking for another vacation buddy.

  • captainbackslap

    Im a huge fan of the Kimmel show even if its alota hit or miss humor. Overall Jimmy Kimmel’s one of those people you cant help but like. Besides he’s the only late night host where you can catch up on all the goofs in pop culture and news by showing a steady stream of clips durin his monologue. He’s been the first to expose manya Youtube and TV clips before anyone else.

  • captainbackslap

    Im a huge fan of the Kimmel show even if its alota hit or miss humor. Overall Jimmy Kimmel’s one of those people you cant help but like. Besides he’s the only late night host where you can catch up on all the goofs in pop culture and news by showing a steady stream of clips durin his monologue. He’s been the first to expose manya Youtube and TV clips before anyone else.

  • Martin

    Letterman is the least likeable of the late night hosts. Leno doesn’t pretend to be cutting-edge and would probably admit that he plays it safe, and for some reason, people dog him for that. I myself favor Conan, but Leno is still miles ahead of the dour Letterman.

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