Jimmy Kimmel intends to move forward with his late night talk show despite the impending threat of Hurricane Sandy, UPI reports. Although most of New York City is shutting down ahead of the potentially hazardous weather system, Kimmel is sticking to the motto, “The show must go on.”
Although the host usually does his shows in Los Angeles, Kimmel had planned to tape a week’s worth of episodes for Jimmy Kimmel Live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. Unfortunately, the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy has caused a bit of a hiccup in the plan. While life in NYC is quickly grinding to a halt in preparation of the storm, Kimmel is planning to move forward with his scheduled shows.
“We are bringing in backup generators and will be able to do our show in the event of a power failure,” a representative explained. “We are also flying staff and crew out earlier to beat the storm. We have had no audience dropouts so far despite news of the storm.”
According to the New York Daily News, Kimmel is hoping that people will brave the weather to catch his shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Regardless of the turnout, the host intends to keep the show rolling for as long as possible.
“We’re playing it by ear, but we’re going to do everything we can to put on some great shows and hopefully the audience will show up,” he explained.
The comedian also joked that, should things take a turn for the worse during his stay in New York City, he might end up crashing at one of his fellow late night hosts’ houses for the duration of the storm.
“There is camaraderie among late-night hosts, you know,” Kimmel quipped. “Who knows, if the hurricane is bad enough maybe I’ll end up staying at Letterman’s house.”
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