NEW YORK (AP) For the past six years, CBS has been the premier television network for late-night comedians, but for a new host it’s the equivalent of being a star in the movies.
Jimmy Kimmel has been a fixture on “The Late Show” since 2008, but he’s only known as the host for one season.
Kimmel’s show was one of the most talked about shows in the history of late-show comedy.
Its ratings soared and, thanks to his presence, it helped bring Kimmel into the mainstream.
It’s a legacy that many comedians say will endure for decades.
“The thing about Jimmy Kimmel is he’s been a comedian for years, and he’s never really been a star,” said Dave Chappelle, who hosts the show for Comedy Central.
“He’s always been just Jimmy Kimmel.”
Chappell and his team made a decision when the show’s sixth season wrapped.
They needed to build a new star.
They looked around for someone to bring Kimmel to life, and they landed a former Disney executive who would be a natural fit.
A week after his last episode aired, he called Chappel to say he was coming back.
He had just been nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Jimmy Olsen on ABC’s “Glee.”
“We’re going to do it,” Chappele told Kimmel.
“I think this is the right time.”
The night before the show aired, Chappela and Kimmel had dinner in his Manhattan apartment with the comedian and his family.
Chappella said they discussed the idea of putting Kimmel in front of a live audience.
“It’s just so amazing to me that we are even in this conversation,” Chapple said.
“To be able to say, ‘You know what, I think we’re going down this path with Jimmy Kimmel.
The next morning, he flew back to New York City from his home in Los Angeles. “
The night after Kimmel went on “Late Show,” he had an epiphany.
The next morning, he flew back to New York City from his home in Los Angeles.
Chapple flew with him to Los Angeles and gave Kimmel a surprise.
Chapell said he and Kimmel exchanged the best jokes of their careers.
Chapel said the conversation went something like this: “So you know, you know you are a great comedian.
But what if you were to be on stage, and somebody would say something that was not funny?
Would you take that on?
I know I’m not funny.
I have this incredible gift for making you laugh.
“Chapple told Kimmel he thought it would be funny.
Kimmel, who is still in his early 20s, was blown away by the talent, and was thrilled to get a chance to see the show again.
“Jimmy has been so much of a part of this show, because he’s such a great friend of ours. “
We’ve been really lucky with his presence,” Chaperonesaid.
“Jimmy has been so much of a part of this show, because he’s such a great friend of ours.
We are really proud of him.”
The show was a huge hit, Chaperoni said.
He’s been able to bring more viewers to the program, but it’s also given Kimmel a sense of success that hasn’t been realized by other late-hour comedians.
Kimmel says he’s always wanted to make the show, but only with the help of his friends.
“When Jimmy came to me and said, ‘Hey, this is what I want to do.
This is what it’s all about,’ I had no idea,” Chapelle said.
In his final appearance on the series, “Jimmy is on stage,” Chappyone said Kimmel took a moment to reflect on his career.
“And I think that was the biggest thing he said to me.
He said, I don’t want to be a part that’s not good,” Chapella said.
Kimmel said he was looking for a reason to make an impact.
“Just to be that person that is, like, the best at whatever I want and then I go, I’m going to take it on.
I’ll just be Jimmy.
It’ll be me.
It was really a moment of, like I said, a total transformation,” he said.
Chappyones “Jimmy” is one of more than 200 animated specials produced by the Chappells, who have made their name in Hollywood with animated films such as “Up in the Air,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Taco Truck” and “Big Hero 6.”
The network, which also produces popular television shows such as CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” is known for making big, bold ideas with great characters and engaging storytelling.
“That’s why it’s been so successful,”