Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Academy Awards.
This will be the first time the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host has led the Oscars.
“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,” he tweeted.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” star has hosted major several awards shows in the past, notably the recent 2016 Emmy Awards, as well as the 2012 Emmys. Kimmel has also hosted the 2007 ESPYS and the American Music Awards on ABC five times.
The Academy confirmed the news in a statement released Monday night. “Jimmy has the qualities of all the great hosts,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “He knows who he is, he knows the audience and he knows how to captain a ship with many moving parts. We’re thrilled he has agreed to host our show.”
“The Oscars are in great hands with Jimmy,” added Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “He is razor sharp, funny, and unpredictable, and has proven himself a master of live event television, which is perfect for our audience around the world.”
Said producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, “Jimmy’s ability to connect with people is what makes him a singular choice for this job. His frank observations, relatable persona, wry humor and love of all kinds of film make him a natural fit for the Oscars stage.”
ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said, “Jimmy is the perfect choice for us. He is deeply rooted in the Hollywood community and gifted at connecting with an audience as the consummate emcee. We expect the evening will be filled with great fun while honoring the best in the movie business.”
The 89th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, Feb. 26, in Hollywood and will air live on ABC. Nominations will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 24.