Jimmy Kimmel is all set to host the Oscars 2024 ceremony on March 10 at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood.
Jimmy Kimmel is returning as host of the Academy Awards for the second straight year and fourth time overall, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday.
ABC is turning again to its late-night host a year after bringing Kimmel back for a 2023 ceremony that drew 18.7 million viewers, the most since 2020’s pre-pandemic broadcast. In the wake of Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, Kimmel led a cautious ceremony that helped stabilize the Academy Awards after years of turmoil. Kimmel also hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018.
In a statement, Jimmy Kimmel humorously expressed, ‘I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times.’ While Kimmel is making his mark in the record books, he acknowledges the long-standing dominance of Bob Hope, who holds the record for the most frequent Oscar emcee with an impressive 19 hosting appearances, either solo or as a co-host. Following closely behind is Billy Crystal, who hosted nine times, all between 1990 and 2012.
The Academy previously revealed the lineup for the Oscars, with Raj Kapoor appointed as the executive producer and showrunner, Katy Mullan as the executive producer, and Hamish Hamilton as the director. Molly McNearney, the executive producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Kimmel’s wife, is set to return for the second consecutive year as an executive producer for the show.
“Jimmy has cemented himself as one of the all-time great Oscars hosts with his perfect blend of humanity and humor, and Molly is one of the best live TV producers around,” Kapoor and Mullan said in a statement.