NEW YORK – Jimmy Kimmel's new late-night show on ABC is only one day old and already in trouble with the network.
Kimmel -- who is replacing Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect in the time right after Nightline -- debuted Sunday night with a show that network censors had to bleep several times.
As well, Kimmel and his guests -- including actor George Clooney -- drank liquor on the air (a long-standing network no-no) and guest host rapper Snoop Dogg several times raised his middle finger to the camera.
The producers' decision to distribute beer and wine to the studio audience before the show hit the air around 12:30 a.m. Sunday night, did not go over well either.
Because it was Kimmel's first show, Disney chief Michael Eisner and network boss Loyd Braun were in the audience.
"The network had a meltdown," executive producer Daniel Kellison told The Post yesterday.
It did not improve matters that one woman in the audience had to leave during a commercial break after throwing up.
Clooney brought a bottle of vodka onto the show and poured himself, Kimmel and Snoop Dogg drinks. "They didn't love that either," Kellison said.
To block Snoop Dogg's middle-finger salute, ABC censors cut the show's video feed and tossed a network logo up on the screen for a few seconds.
Even then, the censors weren't fast enough and the rapper's hand-sign was easily visible at least once or twice.
Meanwhile, a satellite hookup that was supposed to feature Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keyshawn Johnson or head coach John Gruden went terribly wrong when both were too busy celebrating their Super Bowl win and didn't show up. When the camera in San Diego went on there was no one there.
Kellison said more than 50 police officers were sent to control the 10,000 plus crowd who had gathered outside the Hollywood theater to listen to Kimmel's musical guest, the band Coldplay.
On several occasions before the show ended, they almost shut down the live music performance, he said.