Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host the 2017 Academy Awards, Variety has learned.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” star has hosted major several awards shows in the past, notably the recent 2016 Emmy Awards, as well as the 2012 Emmys. Kimmel has also hosted the 2007 ESPYS and the American Music Awards on ABC five times. This will be his first time hosting the Oscars.
The show will be produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.
Disney/ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood had given Kimmel a big endorsement for the role back in September, after Kimmel won raves for his work hosting the Emmys. “We thought Jimmy elevated the Emmys,” said Sherwood during a Q&A at the Paley Center. “We thought Jimmy has earned it, and we’re very hopeful that Jimmy will get [the Oscar hosting gig].”