“Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet,” Jimmy Kimmel tweeted on Monday, December 5, to announce that he has been selected to host the 89th Academy Awards, which will be held on February 26, 2017. It will be the first Oscars hosting gig for the Emmy nominated star on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which like the Oscars airs on ABC.
In addition to being nominated for six Emmys for writing and producing “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel has also hosted the Primetime Emmys twice, in 2012 and 2016, receiving positive notices for his most recent performance with Entertainment Weekly calling him a “spectacular emcee.” He also hosted the American Music Awards in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and he even presented the ESPY Awards in 2007, so he’s certainly a veteran on the awards scene. And for years he has hosted a special “After the Oscars” edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” immediately following the event, so now he gets to go to the main event.
The Oscars telecast will be produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who are currently the co-chairs of the PGA Awards, and speculation about who they would tap to host the show has been rampant since they were announced in November. Do you think they made a good choice? Vote in our Oscars poll right now.
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