Seems Jimmy Kimmel is still no fan of Jay Leno. “As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done. He totally sold out,” the ABC late night host tells Rolling Stone in the mag’s latest issue. Kimmel, whose decade old Jimmy Kimmel Live, is moving to the 11:35 PM slot on January 8, sticks it to The Tonight Show host various times in the article, which comes out on newsstands today. At one point Kimmel refers to Leno as “a master chef who opened a Burger King.” This latest slam against Leno by Kimmel comes less than three weeks after the ABC host compared the NBC host to Jason from the Friday The 13th horror movies. He also said that “as much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever,” in reference to rumors of Jimmy Fallon eventually moving up to host The Tonight Show himself. In the Rolling Stone article, Kimmel calls Fallon “a very worthy competitor” for the next generation late night king.
ABC announced in late August that after a decade in the midnight slot it was moving Kimmel to 11:35 PM. Starting January 8, 2013, this will put Kimmel Live in head-to-head competition with The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman. The ABC talk show hit some solid highs last year with a debut visit from First Lady Michelle Obama in October and a first time appearance by Kimmel’s hero David Letterman on Halloween. The ABC host also hosted the Primetime Emmys this year and was the headliner at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in April.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.