HOLLYWOOD - Jimmy Kimmel received the 2,489th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, one day before the 10th anniversary of the premiere of his ABC late-night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"My parents brought me here to Hollywood to visit the Walk of Fame when I was 10 years old, and I never imagined that they would leave me here to fend for myself," he joked.
NBC late-night talk show host Carson Daly, who interned for Kimmel at a Palm Springs radio station, and City Councilman Eric Garcetti, joined Kimmel at the ceremony in front of the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, where his show is taped.
"This is a guy who has come out quietly to testify on behalf of good projects to revitalize Hollywood, who has fought for things like helping Hollywood High School get an arts program back, who has in quiet and powerful ways been a great Angeleno when all of the cameras are off and nobody is watching," Garcetti said.
Daly joked with the crowd that while it appeared there was large turnout for the ceremony, "it's really just the family members that work for him taking a smoke break."
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 13, 1967, and raised in Las Vegas, Kimmel began working in radio in 1984 when he was still in high school, hosting a Sunday night interview show on the University of Nevada Las Vegas' station, KUNV-FM.
Kimmel attended UNLV for one year and Arizona State for two years, before dropping out to become a co-host of a morning radio show on KZOK-FM in Seattle. He later worked at stations in Tampa, Fla. and Palm Springs, before becoming the sportscaster on the "Kevin and Bean" show on KROQ-FM (106.7).
Kimmel began his television career in 1997 as co-host of the Comedy Central game show "Win Ben Stein's Money," sharing the Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding game show host with Stein in 1999.
Kimmel also co-hosted Comedy Central's "The Man Show," spent four years as a prognosticator on "Fox NFL Sunday," and co-created Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers" and MTV2's "The Andy Milonakis Show."
The ceremony came 17 days after "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was shifted to 11:35 p.m., after airing at midnight since its debut. It now starts at the same time as NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."