Ray Richmond is a contributor to AwardsLine
When the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are handed out Sept. 23 at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theater (and telecast live on ABC), Jimmy Kimmel will be the man on the hot seat in his first Emmy hosting gig. But after presiding over the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April and emerging unscathed, Kimmel suddenly looks positively bulletproof. Not that he necessarily sees it that way. He spoke to AwardsLine about the Emmys, the late-night wars, the competition, and a certain business venture he’s got an eye on.
Jimmy Kimmel: Oh about a million of ’em, big ones and little ones. I think the most important lesson is that you have to look at this as a long-term thing. And every show matters. You might not make the impact you’d like to with one thing that you’re proud of, but it all adds up. And people notice consistency.
AwardsLine: Do you find that you’re more relaxed on the air now?
Kimmel: Yeah, definitely. I think that part of it is, a lot of the guests didn’t know who I was or what I was doing there at the beginning. It made me feel very insecure and like I had to prove something to them in each interview. That part has changed. It’s just like being in high school, really. Your first year you’re terrified, you’re scared on the bus, and by year four you’re sneaking up behind the chemistry teacher and giving him a wedgie. (more…)