Jimmy Kimmel to host 2023 Oscars

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the ninety fifth Academy Awards, the present’s producers introduced Monday, returning to the Oscars stage for the third time following back-to-back stints in 2017 and 2018. The present is ready to air March 12 on ABC.

In Kimmel, the movement image academy and ABC — which airs “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — see a trusted comedic veteran who’s adept at delivering each sharp political barbs and broadly foolish shtick, and has confirmed he can deal with the stress and unpredictability of the Oscars. The primary time Kimmel hosted, the present went spectacularly off the tracks in its last moments when “La La Land” was mistakenly named finest image as an alternative of the particular winner, “Moonlight.”

“We’re super thrilled to have Jimmy score his hat trick on this global stage,” this yr’s Oscar producers, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner — themselves seasoned veterans of stay TV occasions — stated in a joint assertion. “We know he will be funny and ready for anything!”

The comic’s return to the Oscars marks the primary time the telecast has had a solo host since Kimmel himself hosted in 2018. The high-stakes position has grown more and more troublesome to fill because the highlight on the Oscars has grown harsher. From 2019 by 2021, the Oscars went and not using a host; final yr’s present had three co-hosts: Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Corridor.

“Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honor or a trap,” Kimmel cracked in an announcement Monday. “Either way, I am grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no.”

“Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the incredible artists and films of our 95th Oscars,” stated Academy CEO Invoice Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang in a joint assertion. “His love of movies, live TV expertise, and ability to connect with our global audiences will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers worldwide. With Kimmel, Weiss and Kirshner’s fresh perspective and masterful guidance, the Oscars will celebrate its rich 95-year history, the collaborative nature of moviemaking, and our diverse, dynamic and deeply creative community of filmmakers.”

The academy, which attracts the majority of its income from the Oscars, is hoping to rebound from the debacle of this yr’s present, which was derailed when Will Smith struck Chris Rock on stage over a joke in regards to the actor’s spouse, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Lower than an hour later, Smith went on win the lead actor award for “King Richard.” Within the wake of the surprising incident, which threw the night into chaos and embarrassed and angered many academy members, many speculated that Rock, who can also be a two-time Oscar emcee, could be requested to host once more.

Riffing at a stand-up present in Phoenix in August, in line with the Arizona Republic, the comic advised the group that he was requested to host subsequent yr’s Oscars however turned the provide down, joking that returning to Hollywood’s largest night time could be like returning to against the law scene. (In mid-November, Rock can be again on the Oscars’ house within the Dolby Theatre for a three-night run of stand-up exhibits. Smith, whose upcoming movie “Emancipation” is taken into account a possible Oscar contender, has been barred from attending all academy occasions for the following 10 years.)

Scores for the Oscars, together with different awards exhibits, declined steadily lately regardless of quite a few efforts by the academy to shake up the present’s method — efforts which have at instances drawn the ire of the group’s personal members. The latest telecast drew 16.6 million viewers, up 58% from the earlier yr’s record-low viewers of 10.5 million however nonetheless the second lowest viewership within the present’s historical past. The final time Kimmel hosted, in 2018, the present was watched by 26.5 million viewers, on the time an all-time low.

In April 2021, the day after that yr’s pandemic-dampened present, Kimmel himself took a shot on the Oscars’ sagging viewership. “The ratings for the Oscars plummeted from 23 million last year to less than 10 million this year,” Kimmel joked in his opening monologue. “How can something so woke put so many people to sleep?”

Because the movie trade struggles to return to post-pandemic normalcy, academy leaders and ABC executives hope that the thrill round blockbusters like “Top Gun” and the upcoming “Black Panther” and “Avatar” sequels will assist drive better curiosity within the present.

Whereas it stays to be seen what this yr’s telecast will seem like, it’s secure to foretell that Kimmel will take goal at former President Trump, whom he has lampooned in numerous skits and monologues. On a latest podcast look, Kimmel famous that he had “lost half of my fan [base], maybe more than that,” on account of his common barrage of Trump jokes, however stated he had resisted any options from executives at ABC that he tone down his assaults.

“Having Jimmy Kimmel return to host ‘The Oscars’ is a dream come true,” Craig Erwich, president of ABC Leisure, Hulu & Disney Branded Tv Streaming Originals, stated in an announcement. “As we see every night on his own show, Jimmy can handle anything with both heart and humor, and we know that he will deliver the laughs and celebratory moments that define the Oscars.”