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ABC renews Jimmy Kimmel through 2005

Late-night show running third behind Leno, Letterman
/ Source: The Associated Press

Jimmy Kimmel will keep up the late-night banter for another year. ABC said Wednesday it has renewed "Jimmy Kimmel Live" through 2005.

"I'm delighted that ABC has exhausted all other options and picked up mine for another year," Kimmel joked in a statement released by the network.

The program, which debuted in January 2003 and follows "Nightline," has featured guests such as Britney Spears, Serena Williams and Billy Bob Thornton.

The nighttime talk-show circuit has been changing lately. CBS lost Craig Kilborn in August from the "Late Late Show," which follows David Letterman's "Late Show," when he quit. A new host has yet to be announced.

Last month, NBC said that Jay Leno will leave "Tonight" in 2009 and be replaced by "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien.