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ABC renews Jimmy Kimmel show for 3 more years, to fall 2019

FILE - In this March 8, 2015, file photo, Jimmy Kimmel arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : "Scandal" held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel's contract with ABC has been extended through 2019. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this March 8, 2015, file photo, Jimmy Kimmel arrives at the 32nd Annual Paleyfest : "Scandal" held at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Kimmel's contract with ABC has been extended through 2019. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

It's no prank: ABC says it has renewed late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's contract for three years.

The deal will keep "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on the air through fall 2019, the network said Tuesday.

Kimmel's show is now in its 14th season, which makes him the longest-running host among the competitors that include NBC's Jimmy Fallon and CBS' Stephen Colbert.

Kimmel is known for pranks, including a staged twerking accident, and for encouraging others to follow suit. That includes parents who pretend they've eaten their kids' Halloween candy stash and tape the reaction for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to air.

Such comedy has proved a big internet draw and encouraged other hosts, including CBS' James Corden, to create skits aimed at an online afterlife.

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