After much speculation, it appears that the Academy Awards will indeed have a host again next year. But rather than give new blood a chance, ABC and the Academy are opting for someone familiar to take the reins.
Monday, it was announced that Jimmy Kimmel will host the 94th annual ceremony. This will be his third time after hosting simultaneously in 2017 and 2018.
In a press release, Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang said, “Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the incredible artists and films of our 95th Oscars. His love of movies, live TV expertise, and ability to connect with our global audiences will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers worldwide.”
After last year’s other infamous moment, it seems as if the Academy just wants Kimmel to bring audiences back to simpler less controversial times, although his past hosting gigs haven’t gone entirely smooth either.
Kimmel was the host during the infamous La La Land/Moonlight incident at the 89th Academy Awards. While the well-known prankster surprisingly had nothing to do with the incident, he returned the following year to host the 90th Academy Awards in what he joked was a “redo.”
The 94th annual Academy Awards will air exclusively on ABC on March 12, 2023.