GQ named Jimmy Kimmel its "Funnyman of the Year," which is quite a nice nod considering there are other funnymen out there. Here's an excerpt...
So you're a Man of the Year.
What happened, Conan wouldn't do the interview?
Honestly? We felt like you handled this whole mess the best.
Thank you. Conan's nightmare has worked out extremely well for me. [laughs]
There was a time a couple of years ago when ABC was in discussions with Leno, and you two were talking about being on the same network, right?
Well, ABC was speaking to him about it.
And you guys must have had conversations.
We did. When I was useful to Jay, we had many conversations.
Were you open to working something out with him at ABC? That guy does bring big
ratings, even if it's not the same audience.
I was open to the idea of it, but there were many things that had to be worked out first. ABC came to me and said, "This is what we're doing; we want to be sure you're okay with it." I didn't say, "Yeah, I'll follow Jay," but I didn't say I wouldn't. It was scary and kind of exciting. We didn't know what was going to happen.
Was your contract up?
My contract wasn't up, but had Jay Leno come to ABC, my contract would've been up for
So you have time-slot protection? If they bumped you out of eleven thirty, you could
Yeah, exactly. I had exactly the thing Conan didn't have, and you should have seen my
contract when I signed. It was ridiculously terrible. I don't know how he didn't get
that. He should kill his lawyers.