Without the usual press release from the Academy of Motion Arts & Pictures, news surfaced today that late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, will be hosting the 2017 Oscars. This will be the first time that Kimmel will host the biggest soiree of the awards circuit. Kimmel has gotten a lot of practice at hosting as he has hosted the Emmys twice, and the American Music Awards multiple times.
Kimmel announced on twitter today, "Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademywill be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear."
It's curious if the mention of Al's Formal Wear is a joke!
What really makes sense for Kimmel to be nabbed for the biggest hosting gig in town is that Kimmel is already an employee of ABC. The Oscars will be aired on ABC to a world-wide audience on Oscar Sunday, February 26, 2017.