Is retirement in the near future for Jimmy Kimmel? Apparently, he’s thinking about it when his contract expires in 2019. For the last 14 years, Kimmel has worked an average of 70 hours a week perfecting his ABC late-night talk show. He rewrites his own monologues and extensively researches guests. So how long will Kimmel continue with his hectic work schedule.
The Oscar host said, “I know I will do [“Jimmy Kimmel Live”] for another three years. It’s possible that will be it. My wife’s pregnant. At a certain point, I’d like to have a little more free time. I have very little free time as it is.”
A typical day for Kimmel starts when he gets to the studio at 9 am. Which means he has 8 hours to prep for that evening's show which shoots at 5 pm. After the show and dinner, Kimmel then goes back to his computer. He said, “I think this job is a grind, and best-cast scenario, a marathon. I want to go out on my own terms. If I ever feel like we’re repeating ourselves, I think it’s a good indication that it’s time.”
While Kimmel says he’ll miss TV when he leaves, he won’t go to another late-night show. He said, “I like to draw. I like to make sculptures. I’d like to write a book at some point. Doing the show every day doesn’t leave a lot of time for that.”