Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is set to score a hat trick on the 95th Academy Award stage in 2023. After previously hosting the award show for two consecutive years, the Oscar executives invited the comedian for a third performance.
While the star is happy to return, the Oscars executive producers Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss, CEO Bill Kramer, and President Janet Yang are even more excited. They can’t wait to see the 54-year-old host the evening on March 12th.
Kimmel also recalled the aftermath of the last Oscar Awards he hosted during an online feud with the then-president, Donald Trump. The TV personality almost quit his ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live because of the controversy.
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Jimmy Kimmel Set To Host The 2023 Academy Awards
Kimmel expressed his gratitude to the Oscar team for inviting him to perform again in a Monday news release. However, he referred to the opportunity as a “trap” following the past Oscar controversies, from his feud with Donald Trump in 2018 to Will Smith and Chris Rock’s slap scandal earlier this year.
“Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honor or a trap,” Kimmel said. However, he was happy to be back. “Either way, I am grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no,” he joked per People.
The Awards show will air at Ovation from Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and mark the host’s third Oscar evening on stage.
He Hosted The Awards Twice Before
The multiple award-winning comedian will grace the Oscars stage for a third time after hosting the widely-respected Awards show twice in the past. Kimmel first hosted the Academy Awards in 2017 and again in 2018 before the show took a break from hosts from 2019 to 2021.
Earlier this year, the show switched things up and invited a trio of fan-favorite comedians, Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes, to perform. While they delivered well, the Chris Rock and Will Smith slap issue took the cake for the most talked about event.
While Kimmel is happy to return for the third time, the Oscars producers are even more excited as they believe he is the best fit for the night. They also can’t wait to watch him blow the stars away with his unique sense of humor.
Oscar Showrunners Are Ecstatic To Have Jimmy Kimmel Back For Hosting Duty
Oscars showrunners Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss revealed how “thrilled” they were to have the comedian take over the Oscar stage for the third time. “We know he will be funny and ready for anything!”’ they said per The Post. The Awards’ CEO and President BillKramer and Janet Yang also showed their support for the star by praising his talent.
“Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the incredible artists and films of our 95th Oscars,” their statement read. They also praised his love for films and “ability to connect with our global audiences” with his performances. They were confident that he would “create an unforgettable experience” for guests and millions of viewers around the world.
It continued, “With Kimmel, Weiss and Kirshner’s fresh perspective and masterful guidance, the Oscars will celebrate its rich 95-year history, the collaborative nature of moviemaking, and our diverse, dynamic and deeply creative community of filmmakers.”
While the Oscar team can’t wait to have Kimmel on stage, the host went through some difficult times after hosting it in 2018. The show received low ratings because of his then online feud with Trump.
Jimmy Kimmel Had Difficulties After The 2018 Oscar Awards
Kimmel revealed how the Trump controversy impacted his career following his night at the 2018 Oscars. While the Award show’s rating took a hit, the scandal affected his own “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show as well. He also planned to quit the show at the time, as the executives asked him to stop making jokes about Trump.
He admitted that ABC directly expressed their concerns about his jokes and how much they affected his career. While he understood them, he stood his ground and was confident in his opinion. Kimmel recalled admitting that he had lost over “half of his fan base” but was proud of having “the most popular talk show” among republicans at the time.