Jimmy Kimmel will make a comeback appearance on the Oscars red carpet. The ABC late-night star will be hosting the 95th Academy Awards for the third time. This news comes after the September 17th announcement that seasoned award show producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner will be in charge of the event.
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As Bill Kramer, the Academy’s recently appointed CEO, said in an August teleconference with media, one of the Academy’s many priorities is to have producers with “live TV competence” back at the helm. Kimmel’s wife, Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer and veteran executive producer Molly McNearney, will also serve in the same capacity at the 95th Academy Awards.
Weiss and Kirshner stated in a joint statement, “We are incredibly happy to see Jimmy score his hat trick on this worldwide stage.” We have no doubt that he will be witty and flexible under pressure.
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There will be a lot of pressure on the show’s ratings since it is scheduled for March 12, 2023. With Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes as hosts, the most recent iteration garnered approximately 17 million people, which was up significantly from the year before, a scaled-down, hostless program, but still well below previous years. The Academy and the hosting network, ABC, were not surprised by the fact that this was the second lowest-rated Oscars broadcast ever.
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“Having Jimmy Kimmel return to host the Oscars is a dream come true. As we see every night on his own show, Jimmy can handle anything with both heart and humor, and we know that he will deliver the laughs and celebratory moments that define the Oscars,” stated Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals.
Kimmel’s value to ABC and parent company Disney has grown steadily over the years, and it’s not only because of his weekly television show. He has hosted the Academy Awards twice previously, as well as the Emmys, where he has served as emcee on several occasions and the company’s upfront presentation when he is known for making fun of both his network and its rivals. Aside from hosting and producing Live in Front of a Studio Audience with Norman Lear, he has worked on other series for the network.