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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE – Emmy Award-nominated “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. – 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 included actress Kerry Washington (ABC’s “Scandal”), animal trainer Dave Salmoni (“Puppy Bowl”) and musical guest Ne-Yo. (ABC/Randy Holmes)

New York – Late night host Jimmy KImmel revealed that he will not air a new show on the night of May 20th, in tribute to his hero David Letterman, who signs off the air that evening as host of CBS’s THE LATE SHOW.

Instead viewers who tune in to ABC for 11:35 pm time slot will see a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live, reports the New York Times.

“I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show,” Kimmel said in the email. “Plus, I’ll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work.”

A rep for Kimmel confirmed the news, while reps for NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and TBS’ CONAN revealed that new episodes of their respective shows will air the night of May 20th.

About Jimmy Kimmel Live:

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Emmy nominated “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC’s late-night talk show.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” is well known for its huge viral video successes with 1.5 billion views on Youtube alone. Some of Kimmel’s most popular comedy bits include – Mean Tweets, Lie Witness News, Jimmy’s Twerk Fail Prank, Unnecessary Censorship, Youtube Challenge, The Baby Bachelor, Movie: The Movie, Handsome Men’s Club, Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective and music videos like “I (Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum” and a Blurred Lines parody with Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Jimmy and his security guard Guillermo.

Kimmel’s guests have included: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Larry David, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Kobe Bryant, Steve Carell, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Garner, Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, Amy Poehler, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Oprah, and unfortunately Matt Damon.