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Jimmy Kimmel Is Considering Retiring From Late-Night TV When His Contract Expires

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Jimmy Kimmel has been hosting the long-running Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC for the past 14 years, but if he has his way, it’s possible that his late-night tenure will come to an end relatively soon. In a new interview with Variety, the host revealed that when his contract with the network expires in the fall of 2019, he’s seriously considering moving on to a different career path. “I know I will do the show for another three years,” Kimmel explained. “It’s possible that will be it. My wife’s pregnant. At a certain point, I’d like to have a little more free time. I have very little free time as it is.” As the executive producer of Live!, Kimmel often works 70-plus hours every week for the show. “I think this job is a grind, and best-cast scenario, a marathon,” he continued. “I want to go out on my own terms. If I ever feel like we’re repeating ourselves, I think it’s a good indication that it’s time. I will miss it when I go. Television is changing quickly. I get a lot of offers to do a lot of different things.”

Kimmel also indicated that if he were to indeed permanently sign off of Live!, it wouldn’t be for another late-night venture. “If there’s something that excites me creatively, it doesn’t necessarily mean something in show business,” he said. “I like to draw. I like to make sculptures. I’d like to write a book at some point. Doing the show every day doesn’t leave a lot of time for that.” Someone break the news to Guillermo nicely.

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