Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Oscar Awards. This will be the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host’s first time hosting the awards show, however he’s hosted the Emmys, ESPY’s and the American Music Awards in the past.
Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd are the producers for the upcoming ceremony and are expected to make the announcement soon, however the Hollywood Reporter broke the news December 5.
De Luca previously stated his love for comedic hosts so it really isn’t coming as a surprise that he would pick Jimmy Kimmel, especially after he spoke to USA Today stating “I grew up with a little Johnny Carson as host, a lot with Billy Crystal, I loved the Ellen DeGeneres year and Steve Martin. I like funny people who can riff and improv, throw out one-liners based on the evening’s events. But I think if we had one word to describe how we want people to feel during the show, we want joy.”
Jimmy Kimmel isn’t only an excellent host, but his comedic timing and improv abilities are untouchable. Kimmel hosted the Emmy’s and although the ratings were at an all-time low, the comedian received almost only good reviews. Jimmy usually has an after Oscars special called “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars” but there is no word on if the host will be doing double duties.
The 2016 Oscars were hosted by Chris Rock, who received amazing reviews for his current event centered jokes and classic Chris Rock style spiel, but failed to pull in viewers. The low number of viewers were due to the controversy surrounding this year’s awards regarding the lack of diversity in those who were nominated and even started a trending Twitter hashtag #Oscarssowhite.
The upcoming Academy Awards may bring in more viewers and more diversity due to the new deal that was inked between ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The new deal that extends until 2028 gives ABC more creative input on the show, including the choice of producers and host.
Jimmy Kimmel confirmed the news with a simple tweet saying “Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear.”
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— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 5, 2016
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) December 5, 2016
— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) December 2, 2016