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It's Official: Jimmy Kimmel Will Host the 2017 Oscars

Moviefone logo Moviefone 6/12/2016 Katie Roberts

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After word broke on Monday afternoon that Jimmy Kimmel would be the next host of the Academy Awards, the emcee confirmed the news himself.

Kimmel took to Twitter to confirm an earlier report (which you can read in full below) that he has officially been tapped by the Academy to host film's biggest night. And in case anyone was wondering whether or not this was just another one of his elaborate pranks that he's become known for over the years, the host assured his followers that it was not.

Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 5, 2016

"Yes, I am hosting the Oscars," Kimmel tweeted. "This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet."

This will be Kimmel's first time taking a crack at the Oscars, after hosting the Emmys twice (in 2012, and again this year). No word yet on how this will affect his traditional post-Oscars special on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," though we imagine he and ABC will have some convenient tie-ins ready to promote the show as Oscars Sunday approaches.


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