Oscars 2024: Jimmy Kimmel to Return as Host

Hollywood, prepare for another light roasting: Jimmy Kimmel will be back as Oscars host in 2024.

The upcoming ceremony will mark the fourth time that the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host has served as emcee. His other stints were in 2017, 2018 and earlier this year. (Go here to see video of Kimmel’s 2023 opening monologue, which took jabs at Tom Cruise and Avatar: The Way of Water director James Cameron and poked fun at the Will Smith/Chris Rock controversy that consumed the 2022 broadcast.)

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Our sister site THR first reported the news of Kimmel’s Oscars return.

The 96th Oscars will take place Sunday, March 10, at California’s Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood. ABC will broadcast the event. Jimmy Kimmel Live! executive producer/co-head writer Molly McNearney, who is Kimmel’s wife, also will return as an Oscars EP.

“I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times,” Kimmel said via statement. McNearney added, also via statement: “I’m especially honored to be part of the Oscars team this year, when we are all eager to be back together and back at work.”

The 2023 Oscars telecast saw its audience rise for the second year in a row. The awards ceremony averaged 18.8 million total viewers (per Nielsen finals), up 13 percent from 2022’s tally. In the demo, the ceremony drew a 4.0 rating, up two tenths from 2022.

TVLine readers gave the ceremony an average grade of “C+.”

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