How much is Jimmy Kimmel worth?

Net Worth:$50 Million
Profession:Professional TV Host
Date of Birth:November 13, 1967
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.83 m

“I’m a little bit over six foot and for some reason people think I’m short. People think I’m dumb, also, which is something that drives me crazy because I was always pretty much the smartest kid in my school. I was the spelling bee champion a couple of times. And people think I’m black, which is weird, also. I’m not black. I’ve been white since the day I was born.” — Jimmy Kimmel

Who Is Jimmy Kimmel

He sits opposite one of the hottest couches on late night television on his hit talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!—a gig the comedian, radio host, writer, producer and even onetime puppet has been prepping for for a lifetime. The onetime master of toilet humor and all that is man is now a respected comedian and television personality who can stand up to competition from heavyweights like David Letterman and Jay Leno.

Letterman Love And Radio Rejection

James Christian Kimmel was born in Brooklyn on November 13, 1967, but was raised amidst the showgirls and light of Las Vegas. Even though the teenage Kimmel suffered from the sleep disorder narcolepsy, he managed to stay up late enough to catch his idol and future late night competitor Letterman on a nightly basis, and even sported a L8NITE vanity plate on one of his first cars.  

He began hosting a Sunday night interview show on a local college radio station while he was still attending high school, and after three years of college he landed his first paying gig as a morning drive co-host on Seattle’s KZOK-FM. He was fired less than a year later and had a string of bad luck when he was let go from his subsequent gigs in Tampa, Tucson and Phoenix.

Today, Jimmy Kimmel has experienced massive success on the Tonight Show and currently has a net worth of $50 million dollars, as of 2020.

Manly Success

Kimmel’s bad luck in radio took its toll and he decided to throw in the towel and pursue an entertainment career in Los Angeles. He ended up right back on the radio, but found much more luck in the medium once he got to La La Land as Jimmy the Sports Guy on the popular local broadcast ‘The Kevin and Bean Morning Show.’ After five years with the show, Kimmel finally found himself on TV in 1997 as the co-host of Win Ben Stein’s Money on Comedy Central.  

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In 1999, he won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host. With his burgeoning success to buoy him, he pitched The Man Show to ABC. ABC passed on the racy program, but Kimmel and co-host Adam Corolla found success on Comedy Central with the testosterone-fueled program, a feminist’s nightmare that celebrated the art of drinking beer and watching women in bikinis jump on trampolines. The show aired until 2003, during which time Kimmel also co-produced the raunchy puppet show Crank Yankers and MTV’s The Andy Milonakis Show.

When Did Kimmel Finally Find Fame?

And after being successful he began to find his footing in television comedy, he got signed on to host and produce his own late night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which was created and designed to appeal to a more a much younger crowd compared to the show’s then competition, The Late Show and The Tonight Show, which drew in more of the older generation. After the show’s success and networks learning that they didn’t have to follow the late night formula that was popularized decades before, Jimmy Fallon was hired years later to also appeal to a younger audience.

Kimmel is the executive producer and host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The host has been running the show since 2003, it has been on the air for 17 years and there have been close to 3000 episodes, which is an amazing feat. Though Kimmel hasn’t been in the late night game the longest, he has been the host in more episodes than most other current hosts. On average the show gets two million viewers a night and the YouTube channel has almost 17 million viewers.

In 2017, Kimmel famously hosted the most controversial Academy Awards ceremony in Oscars History. It was the year in which Warren Beatty read the wrong movie title when he was announcing the final award, The Best Picture. Beatty announced La La Land had won, and a few minutes after obvious confusion, producers stormed the stage and told the audience the real winner was Moonlight. It was the most infamous error on live television since Steve Harvey announced the wrong name at the Miss Universe pageant. It was a stain on a night that had gone perfectly and Kimmel ran the whole night without a hiccup. Despite that, Kimmel was praised for being the best Oscars host in years despite the show having the lowest viewer rankings in the history of the awards ceremony. The comedian went on to host the show the following year too, which was free of controversy and Kimmel was praised again.

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More of Kimmel’s hosting work includes several game shows including most recently, the 20th anniversary celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. He has been featured in lots of movies and television shows, though more often than not he is playing himself in a cameo such as in Entourage and Trailer Park Boys. He has one of the best cameos in Curb Your Enthusiasm, a show full of amazing cameos. He has also played himself in movies such as Project X, Pitch Perfect 2, and Ted 2.

What Makes Him So Successful?

Jimmy Kimmel quickly made use of YouTube and was one of the first talk show hosts to do so. Now all the hosts have followed suit and they all break their episodes in to bitesized clips, and post them on YouTube to which every video receives millions of views, especially Kimmel’s.

There are several very popular segments on his show that work well in the form of bitesized YouTube videos, such as the segment Celebrities Read Mean Tweets, in which famous actors, musicians, and personalities, read negative tweets aimed at themselves. The show doesn’t hold back on the “mean” either, some of the things the celebrities have had to read about themselves have been ruthless. These segments tend to get the most views.

The host has a famous feud with Matt Damon, and though it is highly unlikely that the feud was ever a serious thing, it was highly entertaining. The feud has been documented mostly on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and even at The Academy Awards. The feud started when Kimmel improvised a line end of the first episode of his show apologizing to Damon and saying he didn’t have time for him to appear. It became a signature sign off at the end of every episode of the show until the feud made more progress in 2007, when the two started hilariously pranking each other, as fake as it may have been. The feud famously peaked when Damon thought he would get back a Kimmel by shooting a video with Kimmel’s ex-girlfriend, actress and comedian Sarah Silverman, and sing about how the two are sleeping with each other. Damon even hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live! for the 10th anniversary of the show in 2013.

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How Did Jimmy Kimmel Get So Rich?

Jimmy Kimmel earns a salary of $15 million per year for hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live!, though, surprisingly he isn’t the highest earning host in late night. Jimmy Fallon is the highest earner in late night TV as he makes $16 million per year, while Kimmel is tied in second place with Stephen Colbert.

Another of his ventures include recently releasing a children’s book called The Serious Goose. However, the primary source and almost only source of his wealth is from hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live!, though he might want to venture in to other industries, he may just not have time as hosting a show every single day requires a lot of work, not just on-screen, but off-screen too.

Summing-Up

Jimmy Kimmel, not to be confused with fellow late night host Jimmy Fallon as he so often is, is a comedian and late night talk show host, most famous for hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! for 17 years. He decided to follow that career after being hugely inspired by David Letterman’s success as a host. Though he rose to fame on television, you don’t even need to own a television to know who Kimmel is anymore as he has found a huge success on YouTube in recent years and his videos are often shared thousands of times on social media within minutes of them being uploaded.

Thanks to his tireless work day after day on late night TV, Jimmy Kimmel has been nominated for and won several awards including Primetime Emmys, and he had an estimated net worth of $50 million. Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people because he has the ability to essentially talk to two million people every night, and he has used the show as a platform to voice his opinions about politics when he isn’t making jokes at Matt Damon’s expense.

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