Jimmy Kimmel is once again going to come back as a host of the Oscars in 2023 for its 95th edition. The return of Jimmy Kimmel was announced by the executive producers and showrunners of the Academy Awards, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner on Monday. In recent years, we’ve seen that the Academy Awards have opted for several hosts at the same time with Kimmel himself being the last host who hosted the awards all alone by himself and now he is coming back once more to be the sole host.
Jimmy Kimmel back to host the awards for the third time
Jimmy Kimmel has previously hosted the Oscars two times before. Once in 2017 and then again in 2018, now the addition of the next year will place him next to the likes of Jerry Lewis, Steve Martin, David Niven and Conrad Nagel in terms of hosting the awards show for three times.
“Being invited to host the Oscars for a third time is either a great honor or a trap, either way, I am grateful to the academy for asking me so quickly after everyone good said no.”, said Jimmy Kimmel in a statement.
Oscars are not the only awards show that “The Jimmy Kimmel” talk show star has hosted, as he has also been the host of the 2020 Primetime Emmys during the pandemic era.
Appointing Kimmel is an attempt to increase the viewers of the Oscars
Oscars once used to garner a viewership of almost 50 million, but the viewership has been nowhere close to it in recent years. The 2022 Oscars got a very average viewership of only 16.6 million, which is still better than the 10 million views it got the previous year, but it’s nowhere close to what the biggest awards show in the world should achieve.
“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,”, the academy’s chief executive, Bill Kramer, and Janet Yang, president of the academy said in a statement.
The executives have decided on giving the hosting duties to Kimmel as they’ve thought that choosing a familiar face who got praises for his previous appearances both at the Oscars and the Emmys, is the safest route to choose after the backlash it received last year due to the Chris Rock-Will Smith controversy which might lead to even less viewership this time round. During his last stint at the Oscars as the host, the show was able to get a viewership of 26.5 million in 2018.
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