After a bit of a delay this year, the Motion Picture Academy has reportedly decided that Jimmy Kimmel will host the upcoming 89th Oscars. The ceremony will be broadcast by ABC, so the choice keeps the job in-house.
While the official announcement had yet to be made, The Hollywood Reporter cites sources saying Kimmel has the gig.
“His selection is expected to be announced by producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who came aboard to produce the high-profile event just last month,” THR reports. “It will be the first time hosting the Oscars, the granddaddy of all awards shows, for Kimmel, who’s been the face of ABC’s late-night telecast since his ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ launched in 2003.”
Disney/ABC Television Group chief Ben Sherwood reportedly lobbied the Academy to get Kimmel the job. ABC signed a new deal a few months ago to continue televising the Oscars through 2028.
“While he won good reviews for hosting the 68th Primetime Emmys on Sept. 18, ratings fell to an all-time low of 11.3 million viewers,” THR notes.
The Oscars broadcast is set for Feb. 26.