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Kimmel won't air new episode opposite Letterman's final show

Jimmy Kimmel will not air a new episode of his show out of respect for David Letterman's last show.
Jimmy Kimmel will not air a new episode of his show out of respect for David Letterman's last show.
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Jimmy Kimmel is choosing not to air a new episode of his talk show opposite David Letterman's final "Late Show" installment.

Kimmel told the New York Times on Thursday that his May 20 installment will be a repeat out of respect for Letterman. Kimmel's spokeswoman confirmed the report. Other episodes of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that week will be new.

Conan O'Brien isn't following suit. A new episode of TBS' "Conan" is planned for May 20, according to a show spokesman. The New York Times reported NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" would also air a new episode that night.

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" will be in repeats that week.

Letterman has hosted "Late Show" for 33 years.