ABC is extending its option one more year with late night host Jimmy Kimmel, keeping him and his show Jimmy Kimmel Live at the network through at least 2010, according to Variety.
The decision to exercise an early extension comes as Kimmel has received positive attention for his "Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night" series of post-NBA Finals specials, which included a now-famous fist bump Sunday with presidential candidate Barack Obama. Rival candidate John McCain was scheduled to appear on Kimmel's show following Tuesday's NBA game.
Those "Game Night" specials have averaged 3 million viewers, giving the show a bit more exposure than its usual audience.
Kimmel also scored quite a bit of attention earlier this year thanks to the show's I'm F***ing Matt Damon video short, featuring Kimmel girlfriend Sarah Silverman -- and his response, I'm F***ing Ben Affleck.