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Jimmy Kimmel Gives Emotional Tribute to His Late Uncle Frank (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 7th 2011 10:00AM
Jimmy Kimmel's late Uncle Frank Potenza may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten. Last night on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' Kimmel gave an emotional, tearful tribute to his uncle, who passed away August 23 at the age of 77.

Potenza, known on the show simply as Uncle Frank, was a constant presence on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' where he worked as a security guard, commentator and occasional red carpet interviewer. He was a willing, good-natured participant in the show's comedy bits and was always smiling, even when he was the butt of a joke.

Kimmel fought through tears -- and cracked a few jokes -- during a monologue that eulogized his beloved uncle. He remembered his Uncle Frank as a New York City cop of 20 years who only made six arrests, a man who would always show up 12 hours early for anything, had been a personal bodyguard for Frank Sinatra and moved their family to Las Vegas when Kimmel was a kid.

He thanked the audience for "letting me put my crazy Uncle on television" before airing a montage, set to Sinatra's 'My Way,' that featured some of Uncle Frank's most memorable moments on the show. Check out the video tribute to Uncle Frank after the jump.

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'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to Air Uncle Frank Tribute Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2011 11:15AM
Frank PotenzaTwo weeks after the passing of Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank, security guard and frequent contributor to the comedian's late night show, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' will air a special episode dedicated to Frank Potenza.

According to ABC, the tribute show will air Tue., Sept. 6, and will feature some of Frank's comedy pieces, "notable interviews with everyone from Tom Cruise to Kermit the Frog," and an appearance by comedian Don Rickles, who will reminisce about his old friend Frank.

Potenza died Aug. 23 at 77 years old. At the time, ABC released a statement saying Uncle Frank was "beloved by his co-workers and considered an uncle to all. His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched."

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Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank Dies at 77

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 23rd 2011 2:25PM
Uncle FrankFrank Potenza, Jimmy Kimmel's uncle who frequently appeared on his nephew's late-night talk show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,' died this morning at 77, according to the AP.

ABC confirmed the news in a statement, saying Uncle Frank was "beloved by his co-workers and considered an uncle to all. His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched."

Potenza was a New York City cop for 20 years before becoming a security guard in Las Vegas (and personal security guard to Frank Sinatra) and Manhattan. He moved to Los Angeles when his nephew hired him for a new gig as security guard/commentator on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!.'

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Animal Planet Gives Mike Tyson His Own Pigeon Racing Show

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 16th 2010 7:18PM
I'm tempted to make fun of this because you never hear the words "Mike Tyson" and "pigeons" together in the same sentence. But then again, I really like the layout of my face and it would be a shame if someone like Tyson were to mess it up.

Animal Planet has announced that Tyson will have his own reality show in which he races his flock of trained pigeons against a series of professional competitors.

For those who aren't in the know, Tyson has had a lifelong obsession with training and caring for birds. In the video below, he takes Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank on a tour of his bird sanctuary.

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What You Missed Last Night: Kathie Lee's pool noodle justice

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 4th 2009 6:29PM
So Kathie Lee never answered my e-mail reply to her question about me, but she did go crazy on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. She surprised the show's staff with a pool noodle (if you're like me, you had no idea what a pool noodle was until this video).

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Watch Ian Ziering get beat up - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted May 30th 2007 10:02AM
KimmelHere's a funny clip from a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live. Seems Kimmel bet a lot of money that former Beverly Hills 90210 star Ian Ziering would actually win Dancing with the Stars. But Ziering lost, and Kimmel didn't win the $4000 that he could have won. So he sends his Uncle Frank and Cousin Sal over to Ziering's dressing room to beat him up. But Uncle Frank doesn't stop there.

The thing that stands out to me in the video? Even in a comedy sketch, Ziering isn't a very good actor. Takes a fake punch well though. Video after the jump!

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Andy Dick removed from Jimmy Kimmel set - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 5th 2007 1:40PM

Andy DickI'm not sure when this was, probably within the past week, but Andy Dick and Ivanka Trump were both on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and while Ivanka was trying to tell a story to Kimmel, Dick kept on interrupting and touching her. First he stroked her bare leg and then he touched her arm and took a light swipe at her hair, and that's when the security guards and Kimmel swooped in. And by security guards I mean a senior citizen, a older woman, and a couple of stage hands.

They dragged Dick off the stage so he wouldn't bother Ivanka anymore. Not sure if this was staged or just a really quick thing that Kimmel decided to do and Dick went along with. I wonder if there was anything in his mug stronger than water (and I don't mean Sprite). I don't know, I still like Andy Dick. I find him funny.

Video after the jump!

Update: it was last Friday.

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Jimmy Kimmel: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 7th 2006 11:01AM
Jimmy KimmelAt the end of my conversation with Jimmy Kimmel, I fired off a question that's been bugging me since my first days at TV Squad: "Why did you start wearing a tie?"

Unfortunately, Jimmy had a meeting to attend, so all he could say before politely kicking me off the phone was "It's a long story." But it's understandable that he might not have time to go over his sartorial choices. His late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, has just been picked up for a fifth season, and his first prime-time special, Jimmy Kimmel Live's All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, will air on ABC on September 13 at 10 PM. In addition, he has just been named host of a new ABC game show called Set for Life. Oh, and he's also planning his football-watching activities for this coming Sunday (as you'll see, it's quite involved).

I spoke to the 38-year-old host on Tuesday about his football parties, his flirtatious relationship with Ben Stein, and other topics, all of which you can find after the jump.

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Don't forget! J.J. Abrams directs Jimmy Kimmel tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2006 10:44AM
Jimmy KimmelHe's had Quentin Tarantino do it, now late night host Jimmy Kimmel will have Lost/Alias/MI:3 guy J.J. Abrams direct tonight's episode of his show.

Should be interesting. There's been a hatch on Kimmel's stage several times before, where funky celebs often pop up, so I'm sure that will be involved somehow. And maybe someone in the control room will have to punch in certain numbers or the show will go off the air.

Abrams himself will be on the show, along with Lost cast member Dominic Monaghan and Ben Stiller. But will Tom Cruise or Jennifer Garner show up? Maybe Stiller will do his Cruise impression for the episode.

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