Kimmel won't air new episode opposite Letterman's final show

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jimmy Kimmel is choosing not to air a new episode of his talk show opposite David Letterman's final "Late Show" installment.

Kimmel told the New York Times on Thursday that his May 20 episode will be a repeat out of respect for Letterman. Kimmel's spokeswoman confirmed the report. Other editions of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" that week will be new.

"I have too much respect for Dave to do anything that would distract viewers from watching his final show," said Kimmel in an email to the Times. "Plus, I'll probably be crying all day, which makes it hard to work."

Jimmy Fallon and Conan O'Brien aren't following suit. NBC's "The Tonight Show" and TBS' "Conan" are planning original installments for May 20, according to show representatives.

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" will be in repeats that week.

Letterman has hosted "Late Show" for 33 years.

Last year during Jay Leno's final "Tonight Show," rivals Letterman, Kimmel and O'Brien each aired new episodes. In their opening monologues that night, Letterman and O'Brien mentioned Leno's last hurrah, while Kimmel tweeted about it.

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THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- Host David Letterman, cast/writers Edie McClurg, Valri Bromfield, Gerard Mulligan (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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David Letterman during 39th Annual Emmy Awards - September 20, 1987 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
David Letterman during The 37th Annual Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1983: Host David Letterman poses for a portrait in c.1983 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: NBC Newsman Edwin Newman and David Letterman on the David Letterman show. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: Guest host David Letterman on March 26, 1979 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
UNITED STATES - APRIL 01: David Letterman with Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 26: Comedian Joan Rivers shares a laugh with Dave when she visits the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
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