ABC has given late-night host Jimmy Kimmel a two-year contract extension. Kimmel’s new deal will keep him on ABC as the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live through January 2017.
The announcement comes as ABC looks to maintain stability in its late-night lineup.
In recent months the landscape of late-night television has continued to shift. NBC completed its transition of host changes back in February as Jimmy Fallon took over for Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show, and moving SNL‘s Seth Meyers in to replace Fallon on Late Night.
Over at CBS, longtime host of the Late Show, David Letterman, announced in April his plans to retire in 2015 after his contract with the network ends. CBS quickly found his replacement in Comedy Central’s Colbert Report host, Stephen Colbert (which leaves Comedy Cental with the task of replacing Colbert). Before the dust had even settled on Letterman’s retirement announcement, Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson announced his plans to leave CBS as well (no replacement host has been named yet).
Elsewhere in the cable landscape of late-night, E! network host Chelsea Handler announced that she will be leaving the network to pursue other interests.
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weekdays at 11:35/10:35c on ABC.