First, Kimmel explained he got hooked as a kid, staying up late at night to draw in his room, during which he would “watch a television show called Late Night With David Letterman. And, if you watched it, it was lot like Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in that they had guests and an audience and a band. But it was weird; it was totally original, primarily because of the host of the show who, a lot of the time, seemed embarrassed to even be there.”
“The reason I have this show is because the execs at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show,” Kimmel said, choking up. He reminded his viewers tonight’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live will be a repeat, adding “please do not watch it.”
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“Tomorrow night is Letterman’s farewell show and I would like it if you would make sure to watch that instead of our show…especially if you’re a young person who does not know what all the fuss is about. Dave is the best.”
After Kimmel’s show, over on NBC, Meyers gave a nod to Letterman, “recreating” Dave’s Late Show opening package, and reminding his audience Letterman had launched the show Meyers now hosts, in the 80’s:
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