Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 2023 Academy Awards

Jimmy Kimmel returns to host Oscars in 2023, which will mark the late comedian’s third time hosting the ceremony.

In a statement, Jimmy Kimmel said, “Being invited to host the Academy Awards for the third time is either a great honor or a trap. Either way, I’m grateful to the Academy for asking me so quickly after everyone said no.Kimmel previously hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018, but after the 2018 ceremony drew then-record low ratings, they went hostless for the next three years. Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall hosted last year’s Academy Awards, which drew just 16.6 million viewers. The Academy is hoping that Jimmy Kimmel might be able to bring the ratings for the 95th Academy Awards back to a more modest level. I’m sure some will tune in just to see if the ceremony will address the infamous slap.

Executive Producers and showrunners Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner said, “We are super excited to have Jimmy score his hat trick on this global stage. We know he’ll be fun and ready for anything.Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang added, “Jimmy is the perfect host to help us recognize the incredible artists and films of our 95th Academy Awards. His love of film, live television expertise and ability to connect with our global audience will create an unforgettable experience for our millions of viewers worldwide. With the fresh perspective and masterful direction of Kimmel, Weiss and Kirshner, the Academy Awards will celebrate its rich 95-year history, the collaborative nature of filmmaking and our diverse, dynamic and deeply creative community of filmmakers.Craig Erwich, President, ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals said, “Jimmy Kimmel returning to host the ‘Oscars’ is a dream come true. As we see every night on his own show, Jimmy can handle anything with both heart and humor, and we know he’ll deliver the laughs and celebratory moments that define the Academy Awards. We love being home to Hollywood’s biggest night and can’t wait to toast the success of this year’s cinema and storytelling.

The 95th Academy Awards will be held on March 12, 2023at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and will be televised by ABC.

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