updated 04/18/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/18/2010 AT 8:30 AM ET
While the ash spewing from the lively volcano in Iceland may have grounded international travelers by the thousands, so far it has not played havoc with America’s late-night talk realm – at least not for Jimmy Kimmel.
“So far we haven’t had anyone cancel. I dare that volcano to try to affect my life. I will crush it!” Jimmy Kimmel, attending Friday’s Children Mending Hearts “Peace Please” Gala in Los Angeles, tells PEOPLE.
As for his take on another hot topic – the return of Conan O’Brien to the ranks of late-night TV next fall – the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host, 42, says frankly, “I think it’s probably a great thing for him. I hope it goes well for him. But you know, we’re competitors, so how excited am I going to get?”