“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.
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