It's official! Jimmy Kimmel will be returning as the host of the Oscars® 2018, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. This will be the second time the late-night talk show host of Jimmy Kimmel Live will host Hollywood’s most celebrated event of the year. Also returning to the telecast are veteran Oscar producers: three-time Oscar-nominated Michael De Luca and Emmy®-nominated producer Jennifer Todd, who produced the Oscars 2017. The 90th Academy Awards® will air LIVE OSCAR SUNDAY, March 4th, 2018 on the ABC Television Network.
Kimmel previously hosted the Oscars 2017, kicking off the show with a powerful opening monologue, in which he referenced his ongoing feud with Matt Damon. The late-night show host said he was finally ready to bury the hatchet with the Oscar-winning actor, joking that when he first met Matt, he "was the fat one." He then turned to 20-time nominated actress Meryl Streep, joking that she "has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances" and had "phoned it in for more than 50 films."