As the Oscars hit the big 9-0 next winter, Hollywood’s most elite stars will come out to celebrate the momentous occasion with a surprise not-so-new host pulling the reins: Jimmy Kimmel.
“Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career and I am grateful to Cheryl [Boone Isaacs], Dawn [Hudson] and the Academy for asking me to return to work with two of my favorite people, Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd,” Kimmel said. “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”
Kimmel, who hosted the 89th Academy Awards earlier this year, has been confirmed by both the Academy and ABC as the host for next year’s show. Although he initially promised that he’d “never come back” to host, we’re glad to see he’s had a change of heart.
Nonetheless, the Academy and ABC couldn’t be more thrilled to have him back.
“We can’t imagine anyone else hosting The Oscars. Jimmy’s skillful command of the stage is invaluable on a night when anything can happen – and does,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment. “With Mike and Jennifer at the helm, we’re ready for another unforgettable show that will dazzle, delight and, most importantly, honor 90 years of Hollywood’s most prestigious award.”
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) May 16, 2017