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On Jimmy Kimmel's talent competition, no talent is required

Talent shows are ubiquitous these days: American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, the list goes on and on. There are none, however, quite like Do You Have What it Takes? from Jimmy Kimmel.

In advance of its debut tonight on Jimmy Kimmel LiveEW has an exclusive sneak peek of the new show, featuring host Kenny Mayne and judges Kimmel, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Ali Fedotowsky, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas.

Here’s the interesting part. Do You Have What it Takes? is missing one key ingredient. Case in point (prepare for things to get really meta): “Talent is not what we’re looking for,” Kimmel says. Rather, they’re looking for someone who has IT, IT being talent, or not. You don’t need talent in a talent competition, right? Right.

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs tonight on ABC at 11:35/10:35c.

Watch the 'Friends' cast reunite on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Jimmy Kimmel lived out his fantasy on Wednesday after staging a mini-Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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'Mean Tweets' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live': Which celebrities asked for meaner tweets?

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Twitter is a handy place to scan the latest headlines, enjoy your favorite comedian’s analyses of your least favorite reality show, and, yes, write horrific things about famous people. Jimmy Kimmel Live has turned that third thing into a simply clever and satisfying bit called “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,” in which… well, it’s pretty much what it sounds like: Movie and TV stars recite the terrible things that people have said about them on Twitter with a straight face (and possibly sauce it with a comeback).

The sixth edition of the two-year-old franchise — which includes Tim Robbins calling out the bad speller that called him a “pretensious c—,” Bill Murray chuckling at the tweeter who said he was glad that Murray got shot in Zombieland, and Sarah Silverman’s saucy response to the person who wanted to urinate in her face — earns the No. 35 slot on our 50 Best TV Scenes of the Past Year feature, which can be found in this week’s issue of EW. Below, co-head writer Molly McNearney (who’s also Kimmel’s wife) takes us through the cruel-ing process of creating these segments: READ FULL STORY

'Scandal': Shonda Rhimes reveals Jake was almost Fitz's VP in Jimmy Kimmel special -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Scandal fans are used to multiple jaw-droppers per episode, but if the exclusive clip below is any indication, the twists will continue in the upcoming Jimmy Kimmel special Behind the Scandalabra, airing after Thursday night’s finale.

The shocker revealed in the sneak peek? Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) was almost Fitz’s (Tony Goldwyn) running mate! READ FULL STORY

What are Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing in Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscar special? -- FIRST LOOK

On Sunday night, Hollywood will tip its hat to itself once again, this time as the finest in film are feted. But underneath that giant hat is a lot of hair that needs to be let down. And down it will come on the 9th annual Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special, which will feature oodles of celebrities poking fun at themselves/the entertainment industry in some grandly orchestrated comedy bit. Past specials have featured such star-stuffed segments as the Hottie Body Hump Club, the Handsome Men’s Club, Movie: The Movie and its sequel, Movie: The Movie: 2V.

This year’s spectacle boasts plenty of marquee names, including past Kimmel conspirators like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Gary Oldman, and newcomers like Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Ben Kingsley, Mandy Patinkin, Abbie Cornish, Barkhad Abdi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Queen Latifah, Anjelica Huston, and alleged Star Wars villain Adam Driver, among others.

What is the theme of Sunday’s gag? The word is mum. But here are three photos to get you guessing. The first (above) seems to put Mr. Hanks on a quest of some sort. (For overhead lighting? To crack a Da Vinci-esque code? Or is this just an elaborate way into another Toddlers & Tiaras spoof? ) The second photo has Ms. Zeta-Jones — no stranger to a song-and-dance routine — dressed up as the Tooth Fairy. In related dental news, the third photo shows Mr. Gordon-Levitt in the throes of a painful extraction. Or perhaps he is starring in a Marathon Man reboot. READ FULL STORY

White House responds to Jimmy Kimmel's China controversy

The White House has responded to a petition calling for an apology and the removal of Jimmy Kimmel’s television show by saying the comedian can’t be forced off the air.

More than 105,000 people signed the petition on the White House website. It followed an October broadcast of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! featuring a segment in which Kimmel spoke to young children about U.S. government debt owed to China.

One boy said “kill everyone in China” when Kimmel asked how the U.S. should repay the Asian power.

In its response, the White House noted that ABC and Kimmel have apologized, and that the network has removed the segment from future broadcasts and its online platforms.

The White House also noted that the Constitution protects free speech, even when it’s offensive.

ABC apologizes for child's China joke on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' -- VIDEO

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ABC is apologizing for a segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live in which a child joked about killing Chinese people to help erase the U.S. debt.

The boy’s unscripted comment (“Kill everyone in China,” he suggested) came during a comedy bit in which youngsters commented on news events. The skit, aimed at poking fun at childish politicians, aired last week on Kimmel’s late-night talk show.

ABC’s apology came in response to a complaint from a group called 80-20, which identifies itself as a pan-Asian-American political organization.

In an Oct. 25 letter to the group, ABC said it would never purposefully do anything to upset the Chinese, Asian or other communities. The network says the skit will be edited out of the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” episode for future airings or any other distribution, including online.

Watch the video, via the South China Morning Post, below:
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Kanye West to appear on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

It appears Kanye West is up for making amends with Jimmy Kimmel.

ABC announced today that West is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night, where the two will no doubt talk about last week’s Twitter war in which West went on a tirade against the late-night host over a sketch featured on his show.

Talking about the impending interview on his Tuesday night episode, Kimmel said, “Kanye and I had a disagreement a couple of weeks ago — and it got a little bit out of hand. Tomorrow night, we will sit down and discuss it like normal people do — on television.”

Melissa McCarthy's inside guide to the talk show circuit

Which late night host has such slippery floors that Melissa McCarthy “consider[s] it a victory” if she doesn’t fall? Which one did the Heat star once mistake for a lookalike? And who does McCarthy think was born to helm a network talk show?

Find out in this clip from the actress’s interview with Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle, which aired this week on EW’s Sirius XM channel. Bonus: You’ll also get to hear a quick snippet of Jess’s ace Leno impression.

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NBC's Jay Leno plan has some insiders baffled

Reports that NBC is quietly planning to dump top-rated Jay Leno has some Hollywood insiders baffled.

Though NBC hasn’t officially announced any changes to its late-night lineup, multiple media outlets and sources suggest the network intends to replace the longtime Tonight Show host with Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon by the end of next year. One common reaction among some broadcast and late-night veterans goes like this: NBC is the lowest-rated major broadcast network, yet Leno is the No. 1 late-night host. Fallon is currently averaging two-thirds of Leno’s 18-49 rating and half his viewership. Dumping Leno — especially within the next year — seems ill advised; like a man falling off a building who lights his hair on fire.

“I’m still trying to make sense of it,” says one late-night insider not affiliated with NBC. “I don’t understand it on many levels. I don’t understand why a network doing so badly looks at the one part that’s winning and says, ‘Let’s create chaos there.’ They already created a s–t storm at the Today show. Why would they want to create drama in late night?”

A couple insiders noted the move feels like NBC is making the same mistake as when its previous executive team gave Conan O’Brien The Tonight Show in 2009, then were forced to embarrassingly renege on the deal a year later after Leno’s short-lived 10 p.m. show failed. “Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it,” one broadcast insider says. While another network executive expressed the same idea more bluntly: “It’s so f–king hilarious that NBC won’t learn from its past experiences.” It should be pointed out, however, that Leno’s prime-time show had ratings that would now would be a blessing on some nights for NBC. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon to make first official guest appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Set your DVRs: Matt Damon will finally submit to an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, Jan. 24. And “may God help Damon if he dares show his stupid face,” Kimmel said in a statement.

For nearly as long as he’s hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live, the comedian has had the same show-ending tradition: Apologizing and saying that he’s been forced to bump his last guest of the night, Matt Damon. In 2006, Kimmel finally welcomed Damon onto the show for the first time — only to inform his guest as soon as he sat down that their time was up.

Damon got his revenge in 2008 by co-starring with Kimmel’s then-girlfriend Sarah Silverman in “I’m F—ing Matt Damon,” a viral video that inspired an equally popular sequel, “I’m F—ing Ben Affleck.” In the years since, Damon has done cameo appearances in several pre-taped Live comedy bits, including this extended sketch from 2010′s post-Oscars episode — but he’s never sat on Jimmy’s couch for a regular interview.

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Jimmy Fallon to broadcast new show tonight, despite Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hasn’t bested every late night Jimmy.

Earlier today, Jimmy Kimmel Live announced that it was canceling tonight’s show, which was to be taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on account of the storm that’s raging across the East Coast. But Kimmel’s rival Jimmy Fallon still plans to tape tonight’s Late Night no matter what — even if he has to do it without his customary live audience.

“Midtown NYC is empty, but we are still doing a live show!” Fallon tweeted this morning, attaching a photo of a barren Manhattan avenue. He followed that message with a promise to give every member of tonight’s audience a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s before revealing that he’d have no live spectators after all: “We sent our audience home just to be safe,” he explained via Twitter this afternoon. “But we are doing our show tonight anyway. Should be fun.”

SNL‘s Seth Meyers, Top Chef‘s Padma Lakshmi, and the band Imagine Dragons will all appear on Late Night tonight.

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'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' cancels tonight's show from Brooklyn due to Hurricane Sandy

As Hurricane Sandy makes it way to the New York City area, Jimmy Kimmel Live! has decided to cancel tonight’s show from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. “Due to stupid Hurricane Sandy and in the interest of the safety of our studio audience, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will not broadcast tonight,” the show said in a statement. “We are hopeful to be back on the air tomorrow night with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.”

Kimmel is hosting his ABC late night talk show all week from Brooklyn, where he was born.

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