- Title: Jimmy Kimmel set to host 2018 Oscars
- Date: 16th May 2017
- Summary: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - SEPTEMBER 14, 2016) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF JIMMY KIMMEL AT ROLL OUT OF THE RED CARPET AT THE EMMY AWARDS LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (FILE - MARCH 8, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF JIMMY KIMMEL POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AT PALEY FEST
- Embargoed: 30th May 2017 21:32
- Keywords: mishap Oscars host La La Land Jimmy Kimmel talk show Moonlight controversy late night 90th Academy Awards
- Location: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016H3AS7H
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- Story Text: Jimmy Kimmel will return to helm the 2018 Academy Awards, organizers of the event said Tuesday (May 16), after the late night host artfully handled the biggest blunder in Oscars history this year.
Kimmel hosted the Oscars for the first time this year in which an embarrassing on-stage mix-up led to presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly being given the wrong envelope and announcing "La La Land" as the winner of best picture, the top award of the night.
The actual winner, announced minutes later, was "Moonlight."
Kimmel, host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on ABC, the same network that airs the Oscars ceremony every year, said in a statement on Tuesday that hosting the Oscars "was a highlight of my career."
"If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!" Kimmel added.
Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will also return to produce the live show.
The Oscars, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is Hollywood's most prestigious film awards ceremony.
Amid the on-stage chaos during the best picture announcement watched live by millions of viewers this year, Kimmel quickly ran on stage and injected a dose of humor by quipping to Beatty, "Warren, what did you do?"
He added, "The good news is that we got to see some extra speeches. I knew I would screw this show up."
Kimmel and the show received generally positive reviews but despite the heart-stopping finale that made for great live television, this year's Oscars drew the lowest U.S. audience since 2008, with 32.9 million viewers.
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