“This is not a prank,” tweeted Jimmy Kimmel as he revealed some big news: he will be fronting the Oscars in 2017.
The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host is far from a novice, having already presented several major awards shows including the 2016 and 2012 Emmys, the 2007 ESPYS and the American Music Awards. He has also hosted post-show special Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars for several years.
But this will be his first time doing the Oscars, following in the footsteps of Chris Rock, Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres.
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
Luckily for Kimmel, the Academy has confirmed the news, with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd praising him as a “natural fit”.
“Jimmy’s ability to connect with people is what makes him a singular choice for this job,” they said in a statement. “His frank observations, relatable persona, wry humour and love of all kinds of film make him a natural fit for the Oscars stage.”
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs added: “Jimmy has the qualities of all the great hosts. 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.”
Kimmel had a great day on Monday. Just after announcing his Oscars news, he told the audience at Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he and his wife were expecting a second child.
“Also, my wife, is hosting a baby inside her body. So that’s what’s coming,” he joked.
The 89th Oscars will be televised live on Sunday 26th February 2017