Jimmy Kimmel to host 90th Academy Awards in 2018

17 May, 2017, 01:26 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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Jimmy Kimmel will be back as host of the Oscars when the 90th edition of the annual Academy Awards ceremony is held in March.

Kimmel made for a fine host for this year's telecast, and was especially great on his feet during the whole Best Picture envelope debacle.

Deadline writes that the Oscars were "moving aggressively" to get Kimmel back.

In addition, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will return as producers, a clear indication that the academy didn't hold them responsible for the best picture fiasco at the February 26 ceremony.

He posted: "Thanks to The Academy for asking me to host The Oscars again (assuming I opened the right envelope)".

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"If you think we s*****d up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!" Kimmel said in the official announcement. THR notes a handful of factors that may have led to the early decision; namely that Boone Isaacs is stepping down from her role in July, and that, after last year's blunder, an early decision gives everyone more time to prepare for next year's show.

"Jimmy, Mike and Jennifer are truly an Oscar dream team", academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will also return.

Kimmel and the show received generally positive reviews but despite the heart-stopping finale that made for great live television, this year's Oscars drew the lowest US audience since 2008, with 32.9 million viewers.

As a result, Kimmel's first Oscars host outing ranked as one of the most memorable in history.

The 90th Academy Awards will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Oscar Sunday, March 4, 2018.

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