We run down some choice facts about the late-night comedy star and host of the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs Sunday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
Get ready for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards by learning more about 2016's host, funnyman and late-night stalwart Jimmy Kimmel.
After a career in local radio, Kimmel launched his TV career as co-host of the Comedy Central game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money” in 1997. Their odd-couple routine and battle of wits earned the duo an Emmy award in 1999 for Best Game Show Hosts.
His idol growing up was David Letterman. "Really, the reason I got into show business is I wanted to be David Letterman's friend," he announced in a 2015 tribute to the retiring late-night host on his show. "We had no VCR, so I would have David Letterman viewing parties at my house in the middle of the night."
Kimmel was a huge fan of the TV series "Lost," and often had the writers and actors as guests on his own show. He even created a series, "Lost Secrets," in which the actors/writers appeared with comical bits of information.
After years of pretending to run out of time for Matt Damon, who was presumably sitting in his green room, Damon took over "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in January 2013, leaving the tied-up host muted and helpless as Damon recruited a stream of celebrity guests to taunt his faux nemesis.
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