Jimmy Kimmel, late night television presenter, has been announced as the host of the Academy Awards, dubbed ‘Oscars’.
The comedian, who has hosted ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on ABC since 2003, recently hosted 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,” Kimmel wrote on Twitter.
Subsequently, Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, producers of the 89th Oscars ceremony, confirmed Kimmel’s selection.
In a joint statement, they said: “Jimmy’s ability to connect with people is what makes him a singular choice for this job.
“His frank observations, relatable persona, wry humor and love of all kinds of film make him a natural fit for the Oscars stage.”
“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,” said Channing Dungey, ABC entertainment president.
Comedians Ellen DeGeneres and Tina Fey were among the candidates touted to host the awards ceremony.
Chris Rock hosted the 2016 ceremony, which suffered an eight-year low in ratings due to the controversy over a lack of diversity in the award nominations.
The Oscars ceremony airs live on ABC television on February 26.
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