A sitting president will be appearing on late night television this week. President Joe Biden has been announced as a guest for Wednesday night’s broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC for an in-person interview. Jimmy Kimmel officially made the announcement on Sunday during the Jimmy Kimmel Live: NBA Finals Game Night broadcast.
This appearance will be the first time Biden has done an in-person interview on a late night talk show since he was officially sworn in as president. He had previously appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2019 when his campaign was still in motion. That same year, he had also appeared on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show on CBS. More recently, Biden appeared via video link for an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC in December.
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With Biden’s appearance happening on Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on weekday nights at 11:35/10:35c on ABC. Of course, not everyone will be able to watch the episode as it airs live, but in the age of streaming, that is not going to be too much of a problem. The interview with Biden will later be made available to stream on the show’s official YouTube channel.
Jimmy Kimmel Is Considering Stepping Away from Late Night TV
Per Variety, Jimmy Kimmel just recently floated the idea of a possible retirement from late night television. He says he’s honestly not sure how much longer he wants to stay in the job, admitting that he tends to go back and forth with the decision. Sometimes, Kimmel feels that he’s gotten all he can out of hosting a late night TV talk show, but walking away is not exactly an easy decision. There are many factors to weigh in, such as the potentiality of realizing it was the wrong decision after he finds he has nothing else to fill his time.
“I wish I knew I was gonna do,” Kimmel said. “I have moments where I go, ‘I cannot do this anymore.’ And I have moments where I go, ‘What am I gonna do with my life if I’m not doing this anymore?’ It’s a very complicated thing. And there are practical considerations, and there are family and friend considerations and coworker considerations.”
He added, “Eventually, I am going to have to stop doing this. I’m not going to do this forever. I would not be honest at all if I said that I have decided one way or the other. I’m thinking about it a lot, though.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been on the air for nearly two decades, airing its first episode in 2003. It is the longest-running late night talk show in the history of ABC, spanning longer than Dick Cavett’s The Dick Cavett Show and Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect. No matter when Kimmel decides to walk away, he will certainly be doing so with great success. The landscape of late night television would also certainly feel a lot different without him.