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Jimmy Kimmel Jokes About His Selection as Oscar Host

Variety logo Variety 12/6/2016 Debra Birnbaum
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Jimmy Kimmel got some mileage of out his new gig as the host of the 2017 Academy Awards in the opening monologue of Monday’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

“A lot of things happened to me over the last two weeks. I got a tummy tuck. They still give those. I had my eyes done and I think they look great, right?  I also went to Dry Bar, I got an up-do. I had my whole body done. I read online today that in February – I will be hosting the Oscars,” he said.

Kimmel joked about the extremely late timing of the 89th Academy Awards host announcement. He poked fun at the fact that he was probably not the first choice of Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.

But given that the clock is ticking down to the Feb. 26 telecast, producers needed an agile comedian like Kimmel who can work fast on his feet. ABC has been pushing for Kimmel to front the Oscars for the promotional value it would extend to the network’s late-night star. Kimmel noted that he had another advantage — the location of the El Capitan Theater where his show tapes is across the street from the Oscar’s Dolby Theatre.

“The producers and the Academy went through a long list of names – and in the end, they decided that – since I am already right across the street from where they do the show – I was the closest person to host,” Kimmel said. “I guess I have to get a tux now.  Or maybe I’ll wear jean shorts? Has anyone ever done that?”

Naturally, Kimmel couldn’t resist making a reference to another notable figure who just landed a big new job: president-elect Donald Trump

“I will say I got a very nice call of congratulations this morning from the President of Taiwan. And just to be clear, she called me, not the other way around,” Kimmel said.

Kimmel finally landed his long-sought Oscar hosting slot on the heels of a well-received performance as emcee of the 2016 Emmy telecast in September.

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