Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the Academy Awards again, marking his fourth time in this role, as announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
This return follows his recent stint at the 2023 Oscars, which successfully attracted 18.7 million viewers, the highest since the pre-pandemic 2020 broadcast. Kimmel’s previous hosting duties also included the 2017 and 2018 Oscars.
After the controversial incident involving Will Smith and Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, Kimmel’s return for the 2023 ceremony was a stabilizing factor. His ability to balance caution with humour helped the Oscars regain stability after several tumultuous years.
Behind the Scenes of the 96th Academy Awards
The 96th Academy Awards, which will air live on March 10 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, has a notable team behind its production. Raj Kapoor will be the executive producer and showrunner, joined by Katy Mullan and director Hamish Hamilton.
Additionally, Molly McNearney, the executive producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Kimmel’s wife, will return as an executive producer for the second year. Kapoor and Mullan praised Kimmel and McNearney for their exceptional contributions to live TV production.