Well, this might be awkward: ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel will appear on The Jay Leno Show, NBC’s fleeting primetime variety hour, this Thursday, Jan. 14, the network said Wednesday evening. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live will get in the hot seat for Jay’s “Ten @ Ten” – a popular question and answer segment that has featured guests like Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian, and Kate Gosselin.
The announcement comes just one day after Jimmy seemed to align himself with Conan O’Brien in The Peacock’s brewing battle over the face of late night. Kimmel donned a prosthetic chin and grey wig and spoofed Leno for more than an hour on Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
On Sunday, NBC announced that it will move The Jay Leno Show to 11:35 PM, forcing Conan’s Tonight Show into the 12:05 AM timeslot beginning next month. NBC is scrapping the cost-cutting experiment that put Leno on TV at 10 PM because the show earned poor ratings and backlash from local TV stations that said it hurt the local 11 PM newscasts that followed. Conan has since announced that he will no longer host the late night show if he is bumped for Leno.