KIMMEL TO HOST ACADEMY AWARDS
BBB new york» The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards.
The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led ESPN’s ESPY Awards.
The selection of Kimmel gives ABC, home of the Oscars telecast, the choice the network had long sought. His “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has previously followed ABC’s Oscar broadcast. The network also has new muscle to flex; it signed a deal with the Academy of Motion Pictures in August to remain the Oscar broadcast home until 2028.
“Yes, I am hosting the Oscars,” Kimmel said on Twitter. “This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on the academy will be terrible and sweet.”
The Feb. 26 show is being produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company, Pearl Street Films.
Outgoing state Attorney General Roy Cooper will be North Carolina’s next governor. Results took nearly four weeks after Election Day.