There’s a new late-night battle on the horizon when Jimmy Kimmel Live! moves to a new 11:30 p.m. time slot next week, putting him head-to-head with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman , and Jimmy’s already coming out swinging! Back in 2010 he made it clear he was on “Team Coco”; by blasting Jay for ousting Conan O’Brien from his newly appointed spot on The Tonight Show, and apparently Jimmy’s grudge hasn’t died. In a cheeky new Rolling Stone interview, he tells the mag: “As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done: He totally sold out. He was a master chef who opened a Burger King.”
As for his other competitors, Jimmy is much kinder: “If I beat David Letterman in the ratings, does that mean I’m better than Letterman? No f***ing way.”; And he shows nothing but respect when he recalls his first impression of the late night legend: “His show was just so weird and different. I’d never seen anything like it. I didn’t know anyone who had a sense of humor like that… I felt like Letterman was doing the show specifically for me.”
Meanwhile, even though Jimmy Fallon has a few less years under his belt than the other players, Kimmel still sings his praises. “We exchange emails. He’ll say, ‘That was great, I wish we’d done that,’ and I’ll say similar things to him. Fallon has more fun on the air. He just seems thrilled to be there, and it comes through,”; he says, although quick to add, “as far as the basics of hosting a talk show, I think I do a better job. He’s not that comfortable doing a monologue or a straight interview yet.”;
Checkout Jimmy Kimmel’s full Rolling Stone interview in the January 17 issue.