When the #OscarsSoWhite controversy hit earlier this year, the fact that was Chris Rock was hosting the Academy Awards ended up being both a blessing and a curse. He certainly met the controversy head on, but not without generating a little backlash of his own. That backlash may or may not have been a factor when it came to choosing a new host for next year (and to be fair, we don’t know if Chris Rock would have returned even if he had been asked). However, we can now confirm that he won’t be back for 2017, and instead the job will go to late night host Jimmy Kimmel. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, next year’s Oscar telecast producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have selected Jimmy Kimmel to host the 2017 Academy Awards. Kimmel hosted the 2016 Emmy Awards earlier this year and received rave reviews, but he also hosted the American Music Awards on ABC five times and the 2007 ESPYS as well. Clearly he has plenty of experience under his belt and it seems like he has earned the opportunity.
While the choice isn’t particularly surprising, it seems like a solid one. However, it is also likely a result of ABC’s growing influence over the Oscar telecast. Back in August, the network extended their agreement to broadcast the Oscars through to 2028, but as part of that deal they asked to have more say in certain production decisions. A couple of years ago, they blocked the Academy’s attempt to bring in Jimmy Kimmel’s NBC competitor Jimmy Fallon to host. Do you think Jimmy Kimmel is a good choice to host the Oscars?