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Want to be a couch potato for Jimmy Kimmel?

Late-night host seeks professional TV watcher for show
/ Source: The Associated Press

ABC late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel is looking to hire a new professional couch potato.

One of the four staffers he pays to watch TV all day and gather humorous clips for his opening monologue each night is leaving the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, so the comedian is launching a nationwide search for a replacement.

The job pays about $500 or $600 a week, “and that’s still more than they deserve, honestly,” he said in an interview with Reuters Friday.

A college education and personal hygiene are not necessarily required for the job, he joked. Qualifications include little more than the possession of a thumb and an offbeat sense of humor.

But the job does entail the risk of “a sharp increase in the percentage of body fat,” Kimmel added.

Kimmel planned announced the unusual job opening on his show Friday, and applicants were directed to seek details on the network Web site,