Jimmy Kim­mel to host Os­cars

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Los An­ge­les

Late night tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Jimmy Kim­mel ended months of spec­u­la­tion on Mon­day over who would host the Os­cars in Fe­bru­ary — an­nounc­ing that he has been tapped to front the glitzy cer­e­mony.

It will be the first time for the co­me­dian, who has hosted Jimmy Kim­mel Live! on ABC since it launched in 2003 and gar­nered praise for his work as host of this year’s Em­mys tele­vi­sion awards.

“Yes, I am host­ing the Os­cars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my re­venge on @TheA­cademy will be ter­ri­ble & sweet,” the 49-year-old NewYorker jokes on Twit­ter.

His se­lec­tion­waslater con­firmed by Michael De Luca and Jen­nifer Todd, the mul­ti­ple Os­car- and Emmy-nom­i­nated duo pro­duc­ing the 89th Os­cars cer­e­mony, which airs live on ABC tele­vi­sion on Feb 26.

“Jimmy’s abil­ity to con­nect with peo­ple is what makes him a sin­gu­lar choice for this job,” they said in a joint state­ment.

“His frank ob­ser­va­tions, re­lat­able per­sona, wry hu­morandlove of all kinds of film make him a nat­u­ral fit for the Os­cars stage.”

Academy pres­i­dent Ch­eryl Boone Isaacs says she is thrilled to have a host who “knows who he is — he knows the au­di­ence”, while CEO Dawn Hud­son de­scribes Kim­mel as “ra­zor sharp, funny and un­pre­dictable”.

ABC, which pays the Academy a re­ported $75 mil­lion a year to broad­cast the Os­cars, struck a new deal in Au­gust giv­ing ex­ec­u­tives more cre­ative in­put.

“Jimmy is the per­fect choice for us. He is deeply rooted in the Hol­ly­wood com­mu­nity and gifted at con­nect­ing with an au­di­ence as the con­sum­mate em­cee,” says ABC En­ter­tain­ment pres­i­dent Chan­ning Dungey.


Jimmy Kim­mel, tele­vi­sion host.

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