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Kimmel welcomes Letterman, 'the main reason I got into television'

6/17/2014 Tim Molloy

By Tim Molloy

At least two people in late night get along famously.

Jimmy Kimmel took advantage of his week of taping in Brooklyn, N.Y., to draw his professional hero, David Letterman, to his show.

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"Not only is my first guest tonight the main reason I got into television, he is the main reason I got a television," Kimmel said.

He proved it by showing Letterman his 18th birthday cake and an early license vanity plate, both inspired by Letterman's NBC series "Late Night With David Letterman."

Letterman, the host of CBS's "Late Show," has plenty of bad blood with "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno -- and so does Kimmel. He once went on the "The Tonight Show" to mock Leno for his role in Conan O'Brien's exit from NBC, and recently said "f--- him," when asked about Leno.

But Letterman and Kimmel get along just fine. A humble Letterman told Kimmel that his "L8 Nite" cake and license were "warning signs" -- but will still welcome him to the same time slot when ABC moves Kimmel to 11:35 early next year.

Letterman also said Kimmel has been "nothing but generous and courteous and kind."

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