Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 2023 Oscars, which will mark the third time the late-show comedian will lead the ceremony.
In a statement, Jimmy Kimmel said: “Being invited to host the Oscars for the third time is either a great honor or a trap. Anyway, I’m grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone said no.Kimmel previously hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018, but after the 2018 ceremony drew then-record ratings, they went without a host for the next three years. Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall hosted the Oscars of last year, which drew just 16.6 million viewers. The Academy hopes that Jimmy Kimmel can bring the ratings for the 95th Oscars down to a more modest level. I’m sure some will be tuning in just to see if the ceremony will address the famous slap.
Executive producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner said, “We are thrilled to have Jimmy pull off his hat trick on this world stage. We know he’ll be funny and up for anything.Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang added:Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the amazing artists and movies from our 95th Oscars. His love of cinema, his expertise in live television and his ability to connect with our global audience will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers around the world. With the fresh perspective and masterful guidance of Kimmel, Weiss, and Kirshner, the Oscars will celebrate its rich 95-year history, the collaborative nature of filmmaking, and our diverse, vibrant, and deeply creative community of filmmakers.“Craig Erwich, President of ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals, said:”Jimmy Kimmel’s return to host “The Oscars” is a dream come true. As we see nightly on his own show, Jimmy can handle anything with heart and humor, and we know he’ll deliver the laughs and celebratory moments that define the Oscars. We love being home to Hollywood’s biggest night and can’t wait to toast this year’s film and storytelling success.“
The 95th Academy Awards will take place on March 12, 2023at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and will be televised by ABC.