ABC-TV announced Sunday that “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” would be pushed back to a 12:05 a.m. start time for four days starting Tuesday so the network can move “Nightline” back to its original air time of 11:35 p.m., to provide viewers updates on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Kimmel’s show is on hiatus and is airing reruns for the next two weeks.

“As previously announced, `Nightline’ is devoting its show to sole coverage of COVID-19 and the global and domestic effects of the outbreak, marking a return to the program’s roots when `Nightline’ launched 40 years ago with daily news updates on the Iran hostage crisis,” the network said.

The venerable news show was birthed on Nov. 8, 1979, as America was about to experience a very different long-running crisis — the seizing of 52 American hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini, who were angry over U.S. support of the deposed Shah of Iran.

Original “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel became a familiar face to millions of viewers as he provided nightly updates and interviews about the events in Iran and Washington, D.C. It was a stark contrast to “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” but it was a huge success, becoming a mainstay on the network even after the hostage drama was peacefully resolved after 444 days.

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