Next year the biggest night in Hollywood, the Academy Awards, will be hosted for the first time by Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night host wasn’t sure if he’d be getting the gig and told KROQ’s Kevin and Bean morning show that he probably was the last one on the producers’ list.
“They asked like 14 people and they all said no and then there was me,” he joked Wednesday morning. “I absolutely was surprised.”
Speaking out about being tapped to host the 2017 Oscars, Kimmel also revealed that the job pays $15,000, a sum that surprised Kevin and Bean, which they considered was low due to the scale of the event.
“You know why? I think it’s illegal to pay nothing,” Kimmel said laughing. When asked if it was the same sum they paid previous host like Chris Rock and Billy Crystal, Kimmel replied, “That’s what they told me.”
“I’m not sure I was supposed to reveal this,” he added. ”But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault… I wonder if you get a raise if you do it more than once, like ‘we’re going to give you a three percent raise.’”
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host is also known for his popular Oscars aftershow following the ceremony. But with his new hosting duties, will he be able to produce one?
“We’ll figure something out,” he stated. “There will be something.”
Kimmel last hosted the 2016 Emmys in September, he’s also emceed the 2012 Emmys, 2007 ESPYS and the American Music Awards.
A couple months ago, Kimmel told IndieWire that he’s always on the Oscars’ short list but didn’t believe he’d get the gig, saying, “Maybe they do that just so I don’t feel bad about myself, but I never felt that there was any real, serious consideration. If asked, I would do it. That’s not to say I wouldn’t immediately regret saying ‘yes,’ as I do with almost everything I agree to. The Oscars really does seem like a no-win situation, but in a way that makes you want to win. It’s a challenge, and nobody’s ever happy with the host.”
We’ll have to wait to see what he brings to the table at the 89th Annual Academy Awards, airing February 26 on ABC.