Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel to return as 2018 Academy Awards host

Jimmy Kimmel is returning to host the Oscars in 2018.

The late night talk-show host will host the 90th edition of the awards on March 4, returning with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted the news Tuesday morning. "No one can throw a party 90 years in the making like @JimmyKimmel and producers Michael De Luca & Jennifer Todd! Welcome back! #Oscars90."

Kimmel scored as host of February's 89th Oscars. But his hosting was overshadowed by the biggest awards flub in Oscars history at the end of the show: Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope for the best picture category, causing them to read off the incorrect winner.

Kimmel joked about the miscue on Twitter Tuesday.

"Thanks to @TheAcademy for asking me to host The #Oscars again (assuming I opened the right envelope)," he wrote.

He continued to laugh about the debacle in a statement released by the academy.

"Hosting the Oscars was a highlight of my career," his statement said. "If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!"

De Luca and Todd were backstage as producers during the show and the wild ending. The duo said jointly in the academy statement that they were eager to return.

"It’s not often you get two chances to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and even more rare to be handed the keys to a party 90 years in the making," their statement said. "We always thought the idea that anything can happen on the Oscars was a cliché until we lived it."

ABC program chief Channing Dungey discussed the decision to bring Kimmel back during a conference call with reporters about the network’s 2017-18 program slate on Tuesday morning. ABC airs both the Academy Awards and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“For us, it was a no-brainer. We think he did a fantastic job,” Dungey said of Kimmel's hosting.

She acknowledged that Kimmel will be able to reference the historic ending of his first Oscar hosting gig and said the host had no responsibility for that mishap.

.“That certainly was an unfortunate incident, which did make for great live television,” said Dungey.

Contributing: Bill Keveney

© 2017 KGW-TV


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