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Kimmel, Fallon: Despite Sandy, the show must go on

Posted by Rachel Raczka  October 29, 2012 10:32 AM

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UPDATE [1:42 p.m.]: The show won't go on after all. Jimmy Kimmel has cancelled his Monday night show. The show told EW.com in a statement: "Due to stupid Hurricane Sandy and in the interest of the safety of our studio audience, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will not broadcast tonight." No word from camps Fallon or Letterman.

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring his show to his hometown of Brooklyn for a week-long series of shows featuring New York-centric guests and says even Hurricane Sandy won't deter his plans. The shows are scheduled to begin filming this evening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, despite the New York City transit service suspension. A representative for the show told EW.com: "We are bringing in backup generators and will be able to do our show in the event of a power failure ... We are also flying staff and crew out earlier to beat the storm. We have had no audience dropouts so far despite news of the storm." Kimmel usually films in Los Angeles and will resume west coast shows next week. Tonight's scheduled guests are Chris Rock, Kelly Ripa, and Alicia Keys.

Likewise, Jimmy Fallon sent out a tweet early Sunday evening, confirming his plans to film tonight's show at NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios in New York "no matter what." Fallon followed up today, luring his audience members in with a small but sweet bribe:

This evening's guests were scheduled include John Goodman, Padma Lakshmi, and musical guest Imagine Dragons. However, a recent tweet lists Fallon's former "SNL" cast mate, Seth Meyers, in place of Goodman.

No official word from CBS show "Late Night with David Letterman," which also films in New York, but Deadline.com reports taping will go on as planned. Denzel Washington, Pauley Perrette, and Paul Banks are scheduled to appear as guests.

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