Jimmy Kimmel feels like a New Yorker. He talks like a New Yorker. And every year he comes to New York and does Jimmy Kimmel Live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music and he talks to more New York types than Hollywood types. Kimmel seems to like that too. Howard Stern, his idol, often comes to visit. On Thursday he’s got Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Julia may be President in DC (Veep), and her New Adventures of Old Christine chronicled a Southern California cut-up, but her indelible Elaine Benes (Seinfeld) lived on the Upper West Side as surely as any fictional character ever has. So if Kimmel loves New York enough to come back so frequently, why not stay? Kimmel was born in Brooklyn in 1967 and logged his first 9 years in the city.
Talking to journalist Frank Pallota in a short interview published at CNN, Kimmel explains why he doesn’t just stay in New York. After all, it’s not like you can’t have a late night talk show in NYC: late night TV was invented in NYC. Kimmel pretends that he’s never considered making Brooklyn home again professionally. The once slightly paunchy but now trim-and-fit Kimmel confesses: “I think if I stayed [in Brooklyn], I’d weigh 350 pounds. I don’t have the self-control to live here.” That’s no knock. The food in Brooklyn — the pizza especially — is irresistible. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35 pm.