Jimmy Kimmel to Return as Oscars Host

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JIMMY KIMMEL

Despite his jokes that he’ll never get asked back, Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the Oscars once more. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday (May 16) said Kimmel will return for the 90th Oscars with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, the team behind this year’s ceremony.

Ratings for the 89th Oscars this past February were the lowest since 2008 with 32.9 million viewers tuning in, even with the drama of the envelope gaffe in which Faye Dunaway, reading an incorrect card, announced La La Land as the best picture winner. The snafu was corrected on stage and Moonlight was given the award.

Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.

The 90th Oscars will be held on March 4, 2018, in Los Angeles and broadcast live on ABC.

Kimmel recently garnered attention for comments he made on his late-night show that all Americans deserve the same level of health care given his infant son, who was born with a heart defect that required surgery to repair. He has criticized GOP lawmakers for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and mocked critics who called him elitist for his health care comments.

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