The Late-Night Show host, Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the 95th Academy Awards this time, yet again. This marks Kimmel’s third time serving as host for the prestigious and auspicious award ceremony. The last time he hosted the Oscars was way back in 2018 which had about 26 million people watching.
Jimmy Kimmel is returning to compere the 95th Academy Awards. Prior to this, Kimmel had hosted the illustrious award ceremony in the years 2017 and 2018 which garnered over 33 million and 26 million viewership respectively.
On Monday, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Krishner, the executive producers and showrunners behind the Oscars made the announcement of Kimmel’s return to the golden screen.
The opportunity marks Kimmel’s third time participating as the host at the Academy Awards.
In a recent statement, Kimmel said that the Oscar invitation to host again for the third time was either a “great honor or a trap.”
Continuing, Kimmel said that whatever the case may be, he was thankful for the opportunity given by the Academy to host the 95th Oscars and “for asking me so quickly after everyone said no.”
The executive producers and showrunners behind the Academy, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Krishner said in a statement that they were delighted “to have Jimmy score his hat trick on this global stage.”
Additionally, they said that Jimmy is a humorous man and had faith in his delivery or performance when the ceremony comes as they know that Jimmy would be “ready for anything.”
Jimmy Kimmel to Host Academy Awards
Jimmy Kimmel was commended by Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy president Janet Yang. In a statement, both asserted that Jimmy was the impeccable choice to compere at the 95th Academy Awards.
Jimmy would be instrumental in helping the Academy gather acknowledgement and appraisal of their spectacular artists and movies of the award ceremony.
Adding on, they said that his avid interest in films, his expertise as a late night TV host and the experience he has in regards to TV as well as his relatability factor that he has with the audience can help them and the Academy be an “unforgettable” moment for the people watching from every corner across the globe.
Jimmy Kimmel’s rebound to the Academy Awards comes as he had his deal over at ABC extended for three more years through the 23rd season of his late-night show, “Jimmy Kimmel live”.
Originally, Kimmel was going to part ways with the network and his contract was actually supposed to conclude in the next year.
With Kimmel serving as the host for the 95th Oscars, the Academy desires to reignite the reputation and fervor the Oscars once held when it had around 50 million people watch the award ceremony.
By turning to Kimmel for the third time, the Academy believes that selecting someone like Kimmel is the best idea considering the acclaim he received when he hosted the Oscars five years ago as well as the Emmys.
As of this moment, Kimmel stands close beside Jerry Lewis, Conrad Nagel, David Niven and Steve Martin. Like Kimmel, all of these stars also hosted the Oscars three times prior to Kimmel’s time.
Whereas Bob Hope, Billy Crystal, Johnny Caraon, Jack Lemmon and Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards for 11, 9, 5, and 4 times respectively in that order.
Previously, Kimmel also served as a host at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards, which was famous for airing during the pandemic times and had limited attendees at the mostly vacant Staples Center.
Craig Erwich, the president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals said that Kimmel’s rebound at the Oscars was a “dream come true”.
He said that watching Kimmel’s show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” every night only proves that the man can withstand anything with “both heart and humor” and is determined that Kimmel will not disappoint in his deliverance of laughter and celebration that the Academy Awards stand for.
There is a rumor circling around the halls of Hollywood that Chris Rock, last year’s host at the Oscars, who was subjected to physical assault by Will Smith, was offered the job by the producers of the Academy again but this remains to be only a rumor.
As for the others, there has not been any information yet about who the Academy went to offer the job of hosting the Oscars in 2023 before finally landing with Jimmy Kimmel.