Jimmy Kimmel’s job is secure at ABC, despite rumors to the contrary sparked by scripted content on his show.
Recently, the late-night show host made light of the recent termination of influential opinion-makers Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon from Fox News and CNN, respectively.
Kimmel joked, “This is like if Ronald McDonald and the Burger King got fired on the same day.” His monologue was soon interrupted by a breaking news announcement read by his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez.
“We have some breaking news,” Guillermo announced. “After 20 years on the air, ABC TV has decided to part ways with its host, Jimmy Kimmel,” and added, “On a personal note, I’d like to say to Jimmy, don’t let the door hit you in your *** on the way out.”
However, the confusion was caused by a scripted segment taken out of context.
The late-night show has been forced to air repeat episodes due to a strike by the Writers Guild of America, which has shut down many talk shows.
Additionally, negotiations between the writers’ union and major Hollywood studios over pay broke down after several months.
As a result, on Tuesday, May 2, over 11,500 film and television writers went on strike.