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Jimmy Kimmel will host the 23rd Oscars which will be his third time doing so. The last time he did so was five years ago.
Kimmel, who has hosted the Oscars twice, has been chosen to lead the show as it tries to become more popular again. In 2022, the Academy hired Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Regina Hall as the main presenters. There was no official host in the three years before that, from 2019 to 2021.
Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, who are in charge of the Oscars and run the show, announced Kimmel’s return on Monday.
The host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was responsible for the 2017 and 2018 shows. In 2017, he made the famous mistake of giving the best picture to both “La La Land” and “Moonlight.” Kimmel will now sit with Jerry Lewis, Steve Martin, Conrad Nagel, and David Niven, who has been on the show three times.
Only Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Lemmon, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, and Bob Hope have hosted more than four times (11).
Kimmel’s return to the Oscars coincides with the renewal of his contract with ABC for at least three more years. The new contract will take him through the 23rd season of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” His previous agreement with the network would have expired next year.
This is the first time anyone has said for sure who else might have been asked to perform at the Oscars. But there were rumors that the producers asked Chris Rock, a former host who eventual best actor winner Will Smith slapped during last year’s show.
The Oscars and its viewership struggle
The Oscars are trying to return to the days when they had 50 million viewers. So they think picking a familiar face like Kimmel, who has done an excellent job hosting both the Oscars and the Emmys.
Kimmel’s most recent big awards show was the 2020 Primetime Emmys. This was unusual because they were held during a pandemic and in a primarily empty Staples Center.
The Oscars have been struggling to come up with a way to make up for terrible ratings in 2021 and 2022. In 2021, only 10.4 million people watched TV, which was the lowest number ever. And even though the following year was better, it still only reached 15.4 million people. In 2018, Kimmel’s second time as a host brought in 26.6 million viewers.
Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall hosted the 2022 Oscars. On average, 16.6 million people watched, up from the previous year’s record low. But it was still one of the lowest-rated Oscars ever. In 2018, Kimmel’s Oscars had an average of 26.5 million viewers.
Liven the telecast
The Academy’s leaders are still thinking about ways to “enliven” the live telecast. Including the unpopular decision to stop giving “craft” awards on-air in 2022 to shorten the show. The event’s leaders also seem to be leaning toward adopting the “red carpet” like the Met Gala.
With nominees like “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Top Gun: Maverick.” And possible A-list original song nominees like Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift. The Academy may have one of its most popular lists of nominees in its history. This could lead to a big jump in viewers for the Oscars.
From January 12 to 17, members will vote on the list of films for this year. The Academy will make the official nominations public on January 24.
The 95th Oscars will hold on March 12, 2023 at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. ABC will broadcast the event in more than 200 countries worldwide.