The Hollywood Reporter
Jimmy Kimmel's lifelong idol, David Letterman, is finally heading to his couch.
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Letterman will join Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tracy Morgan as a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" when the ABC host brings his late-night show to his hometown of Brooklyn for one week later this month.
The move is a monumental one for Kimmel, who grew up wearing a "Late Night With David Letterman" jacket and would celebrate his birthday with a "Late Night" cake. In fact, by the time Kimmel reached driving age, his first car, an Isuzu I-Mark, had a "L8Nite" vanity plate. When Letterman left NBC after Jay Leno was given the hosting job of "The Tonight Show" instead of him, Letterman began "Late Show With David Letterman," which debuted on CBS in 1993.
"I mean, I'd draw Dave's face on every book cover. I was like a teenage girl in love with him," Kimmel joked during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2011. In a letter that is now framed in Kimmel's office, Letterman declined the invitation to be his first guest.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" is set to broadcast from the Brooklyn Academy of Music from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, which will coincide with the newly minted Brooklyn Nets' inaugural game at the new Barclays Center. The series of Brooklyn-based shows will also feature musical performances by Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Vampire Weekend and the Avett Brothers with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, as well as a tour of Kimmel's old neighborhood and childhood home.
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