Jimmy Kimmel To Host The Academy Awards

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

Jimmy Kimmel has announced that he will host the 89th Academy Awards show next year.

On Monday, the 49-year-old late night talk show host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tweeted that rumors that he had been selected as the host of 2017 show were true. In true Kimmel fashion he also vowed to take revenge on the academy if they were just joking with him. (RELATED: Jimmy Kimmel Went After Donald Trump During His Opening Monologue. Here’s What He Said.)

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California

(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“Yes, I am hosting the Oscars,” Kimmel tweeted. “This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear.”

Kimmel was reportedly on the long list of possible hosts. (RELATED: Barack Obama Gives ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ A Late Night Ratings Boost)

“Everybody’s on the table right now,” producer Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd  told Variety in September. “Like we said, we’re still in our kitchen sink [stage]. Jimmy included. But we’ll get there soon.”

This is not the host’s first time heading awards shows. Most recently he was in charge of the 2016 Emmy Awards and received high praise from top executives.

Donald Trump and Jimmy Kimmel (photo:YouTube Screen Shot) 2016-05-26 at 6.48.10 AM

Donald Trump and Jimmy Kimmel (photo:YouTube Screen Shot) 2016-05-26 at 6.48.10 AM

“We thought Jimmy elevated the Emmys,” said ABC Television chief Ben Sherwood. “We thought Jimmy has earned it, and we’re very hopeful that Jimmy will get [the Oscar hosting gig].”

This will be Kimmel’s first time hosting the Oscars. The show will air on February 26, 2017 on ABC.

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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