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Jimmy Kimmel Named Host Of Set For Life

August 22, 2006 11:02 PM by Joe Blackmon

Jimmy Kimmel, host of the late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," is tapped to host the new primetime game show "Set for Life," premiering later this season on the ABC Television Network.  "I tried to tell ABC that it is too difficult to do a talk show every night and an hour-long primetime show too," Jimmy Kimmel said. "Unfortunately, there’s a 75-year-old man named Regis who seems to have no problem with it."

"We’re thrilled to have Jimmy join ‘Set for Life’ as the host," said Andrea Wong, executive vice president, Alternative Programming, Specials & Late-Night for ABC-TV. "He brings a unique voice to the show along with intelligence, great comedic talent and an irreverence that’s bound to make the experience memorable for the contestants and the audience."

"Jimmy Kimmel is the perfect choice to host ‘Set for Life,’" said David Goldberg, president of Endemol USA. "He’s got a great everyman quality that is as funny as it is relatable, and beyond that he’s just a huge talent who naturally connects with his audience. He brings all of the intangibles that we look for when hiring a host, and then some. We are delighted to announce this news."

In the unpredictable, innovative new game show, "Set for Life" contestants have the opportunity to win a monthly payout for the rest of their lives. The contestants will never know if they have won or lost a fortune until their isolated partner joins them on stage at the end of the game.

In addition to his work on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Kimmel co-created and executive-produces "Crank Yankers," which was recently picked up for a fifth season by MTV2, and "The Andy Milonakis Show," recently picked up for a third season by MTV2. Kimmel co-hosted Comedy Central’s "The Man Show" for four seasons, served as on-air prognosticator for "Fox NFL Sunday" for four years, and for four seasons co-hosted Comedy Central’s long-running and popular game show, "Win Ben Stein’s Money." Kimmel received two Emmy nominations for his work with Ben Stein and won Best Game Show Host in 1999.

Kimmel’s company, "Jackhole Industries," formed with partners Daniel Kellison and Adam Carolla, is responsible for "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "The Man Show," "Crank Yankers," "The Andy Milonakis Show" and the feature film "Windy City Heat," set for release on DVD September 26th, 2006. Kimmel also serves as creative consultant to Adam Carolla’s nationally syndicated morning radio show.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Kimmel began his career in morning radio and rose to prominence as "Jimmy the Sports Guy" on KROQ’S "Kevin and Bean Show."

"Set for Life" is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Scott St. John.

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8 Responses to “Jimmy Kimmel Named Host Of Set For Life”

  1. Angela Tambrella Says:
    August 25th, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    I’m so happy the host is Jimmy! I would love to meet him. I had a second over the phone interview with the casting office of SET FOR LIFE! I hope they pick me to be on the show.

  2. Ange Ronayne Says:
    August 30th, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    I was in the audience of “Set for Life”. We enjoyed watching the show. I think I left my prescription sunglasses either in the studio or on the bus. Do you know how I can contact the right person regarding this?

  3. carmela Says:
    December 2nd, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    when will set for life be on abc i heard a rumor about jan 1 2007 is that so

  4. Watch Reality TV Says:
    January 7th, 2007 at 12:27 am

    This should be an exciting show. Could you imagine getting $1,000 or even $50,000 per month???
    What would you do with that money?
    I would buy my dream house :)

  5. Cathy Khottavon Says:
    April 22nd, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    I won a trip out to LA and had the opportunity to be on the first taped show of SET FOR LIFE it was an awesome thing to see for real instead of on the tv.Jimmy Kimmel is an awesome guy who actually talked to me and I was fortunate enough to get to keep the ticket. I can’t tell you people what happens but I anticipate seeing the show air cause it’s an awesome show!! IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET ON THIS SHOW DO SO!!! no kidding you can be REALLY BE RICH AND FOR LIFE. Perfect name for this game show .

  6. Ryan Mark Garcia Says:
    July 20th, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    I would like to join the SET FOR LIFE. What is ther phone numbers for me to join?

  7. john garcia Says:
    July 20th, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    i would love be on SET FOR LIFE it would really change my life. i would open a spanish club. who could i contact. thank u

  8. alvin fields Says:
    August 21st, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I would like to be on Set for life

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