Jimmy Kimmel has only one gripe with Jimmy Fallon.
“My only complaint about Jimmy Fallon is the first name: Jimmy,” Kimmel told the April issue of Esquire. “People get us mixed up all the time. No one remembers which Jimmy is which. Actually, he says the same thing happens to him.”
But besides both being late-night talk hosts, Kimmel, 46, said the two Jimmys couldn’t be more different.
“He’s like an athlete out there. He can jump high, act, sing. He’s a true performer,” Kimmel told the magazine. “I’m a broadcaster. That’s how I come at this. Not a stand-up, not an actor, not a commentator. A broadcaster.”
Kimmel comes to late night from radio, where he once changed his name to Chris because there were two other disc jockeys named Jimmy.
“So I became Chris Kimmel. I didn’t hate it. Then I was Jimmy again. Chris Kimmel. I’d still answer to it. But in the end, I’m a Jimmy,” he said.
And Kimmel loves what he does.
“This is the job. The only job for a person like me,” he told Esquire. “I mean, I like to draw. I’m really good at it. I’m a good artist, and I think that’s what I would have done had radio not worked out for me. But here I am. You won’t see me doing anything else in the next twenty-five years.”