I'm excited, but I am also realistic. I have seen what happened to the people who came before me and failed. It's an unforgiving arena to be in.
On the beginning of Jimmy Kimmel Live! — reported in Terry Morrow (January 24, 2003) "Kimmel & family head to ABC (beer's on hold)", The Knoxville News-Sentinel, p. 9.
There were a lot of people who didn't think we'd get to this milestone.Jimmy Kimmel
I'm not seen as classy enough to host the Oscars.Jimmy Kimmel
Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than a hundred people whose financial well-being depends on our show. It is time to go back to work.Jimmy Kimmel
There's something comforting and pleasurable about watching people win money.Jimmy Kimmel
I don't believe that lack of intelligence and appreciation for lowbrow comedy go hand-in-hand necessarily.Jimmy Kimmel
"To be perfectly honest with you, ABC picks you to do this and then the machine goes into action and you shoot promos. But I'm still sitting in my bedroom at home going, 'Jeez, I don't know if I can do this. I don't know if I'm going to be able to do it.' And it's a weird situation to be in. And I guess we'll all find out.Jimmy Kimmel
We use puppets because they can get away with more.Jimmy Kimmel
We wanted to figure out a way to get crank phone calls on television. Watching someone on TV talking on a phone isn't that entertaining, and obviously we couldn't send a camera crew around to the people getting the calls, so it was limited to either animation or puppets. And puppets seemed halfway between cartoons and people, so that seemed like the most real way that we could do it.Jimmy Kimmel
We're going to give men what they really want to see on TV. Monkeys, midgets, beer drinking and women jumping on trampolines.Jimmy Kimmel
But you have to recognize the fact that, critically, Jimmy is great at what he does, and I think he's doing some of the best comedy in late night. I'm a very big fan.Jimmy Kimmel
We've always known Jimmy's had a great deal of raw talent. It's exciting watching him use that talent to become such a dynamic and gifted late night host. The sky is the limit for Jimmy and this show.Jimmy Kimmel
He's a very driven, very focused and very dedicated guy, and it's basically like a dictatorship working with him. He's not scared to tell you that your idea sucks.Jimmy Kimmel