Jimmy Kimmel has only one bone to pick with his fellow late-night host Jimmy Fallon — his first name.
"My only complaint about Jimmy Fallon is the first name: Jimmy," Kimmel told Esquire in an interview for its April issue
. "People get us mixed up all the time. No one remembers which Jimmy is which. Or they think I’m him, which can only make you feel like you should be him. Actually, he says the same thing happens to him."
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Kimmel says Fallon is a great guy, nicer than he, and showered Fallon with compliments when the comparison arose. "He’s like an athlete out there. He can jump high, act, sing. He’s a true performer. I’m a broadcaster. That’s how I come at this. Not a stand-up, not an actor, not a commentator. A broadcaster."
Strangely enough, the surplus of Jimmys is not the first Kimmel has encountered.
"I worked in a station once where there were two other disc jockeys named Jimmy," he told Esquire. "So I became Chris Kimmel. I didn’t hate it. Then I was Jimmy again. Chris Kimmel. I’d still answer to it. But in the end, I’m a Jimmy."
With existential crisis averted, Kimmel continues on in the interview to reveal his love of harmonicas — which he stashes all over the car — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, his uncle and former show sidekick Frank Potenza, growing up in Las Vegas, and more.
Kimmel has faced new competition from the shifting "Tonight Show" host's chair for the last few years, and Deadline Hollywood points out
that just a month into Jimmy Fallon's tenure as host, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" saw its third consecutive week of growth in total viewers, bringing his total to 2.8 million.
Kimmel's been hustling hard for his numbers, last week broadcasting from Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) music and tech festival, as well as broadcasting an original episode on Friday instead of the usual repeat.
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" remains the late-night leader, however, with 4.3 million viewers. Fallon's Week 4 numbers are in line with previous "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien's, ahead in the overall viewership but down slightly in the 18-49 demographic.
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