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Jimmy Kimmel won't air a new episode the night of Letterman's last show

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Late-night TV watchers will have one less new episode to watch May 20: Jimmy Kimmel will air a rerun of Jimmy Kimmel Live! that night, the same evening David Letterman will host his final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman. 

“I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show,” Kimmel said in an email to the New York Times“Plus, I’ll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work.”

Letterman’s last show airs May 20 on CBS and the network aired a special titled David Letterman: A Life on Television May 4.

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