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Jimmy Kimmel re-ups with ABC for two years

Jimmy Kimmel re-ups with ABC for two years © AP / Jimmy Kimmel Jimmy Kimmel re-ups with ABC for two years

By Tony Maglio

ABC has given Jimmy Kimmel a new two-year contract extension, keeping him around through January 2017.

Kimmel is currently in his 11th season of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," though the ABC late night talker has been in the coveted 11:35 p.m. timeslot since just January of last year, when it swapped spots with "Nightline."

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Since that time, the landscape in late night has clearly shifted. At NBC's "Tonight Show," Jay Leno is out and Jimmy Fallon is in. Fallon's version has been dominating the ratings since his mid-February debut.

With "Tonight" moving back to New York City, Kimmel only has TBS' Conan O'Brien to contend with out west, with the latter in Burbank.

Last month, David Letterman announced his pending CBS "Late Show" retirement. Not long after, the network tapped Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert as Dave's 2015 replacement.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" has had some ratings success against his stiffer competition, but really set the tone for the importance in creating viral material from the timeslot.

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