After a bizarre ending to the Academy Awards in 2017, who knows what to expect next year. Jimmy Kimmel will be back again to serve as host of the Academy Awards, and he is already teasing the unexpected for the 2018 Oscars.
Kimmel was announced as the host for the 90th Oscars ceremony by ABC today, which the network will air on March 4, 2018. Kimmel will return with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, and hopefully, there will be no mishaps with envelopes backstage (or maybe you hope there will be some mishaps along the way).
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Kimmel made his Oscars-hosting debut earlier this year and was hailed for how he handled the closing moments clouded in confusion. The award for best motion picture was mistakenly handed to La La Land instead of Moonlight.
“Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career,” Kimmel said in a statement, according to TV Line. “If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!”
Kimmel will be the first repeat host of the Oscars since Billy Crystal hosted the 69th and 70th Academy Awards in 1997 and 1998. Crystal also hosted consecutive Academy Awards ceremonies from 1990 through 1993. The legendary Johnny Carson, another late night comedian and talk show host, is the only other person to host the Oscars in consecutive years.
Kimmel handled the job of hosting the Oscars well this year and showed he is certainly not afraid to play to the audience with his sense of humor and political slants. Given recent headlines regarding Kimmel’s son and thoughts on the healthcare issues in the United States (and how some politicians responded to it), and with so much time between now and the next Oscars, who knows what kind of fodder Kimmel will have to play with next year?
Earlier on Monday, it was also announced by ABC that Peyton Manning will host this year’s ESPYS. Kimmel previously hosted the ESPYS with LeBron James.