U.S. talk show host and comedian, Jimmy Kimmel is set to take on a new role in 2017, as the host of the next Academy Awards.
The "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" presenter took to Twitter on Monday to confirm the news, saying it wasn't a prank, and that he was in fact hosting the Oscars.
While this is Kimmel's first time at hosting the prestigious Oscars event, he is no stranger to these types of award ceremonies. The talk show host presented the Primetime Emmy Awards twice—once in 2012 and this September—in addition to hosting the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards.
After Kimmel confirmed the news on Twitter, the Academy came out saying that the "Oscars are in great hands with Jimmy" as a host.
"He is razor sharp, funny, and unpredictable, and has proven himself a master of live event television, which is perfect for our audience around the world," Academy CEO Dawn Hudson added in a statement.
"Jimmy's ability to connect with people is what makes him a singular choice for this job," said Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, producers of the Oscars 2017 show, adding that Kimmel's "frank observations, relatable persona, wry humor and love of all kinds of film make him a natural fit for the Oscars stage."
Kimmel isn't the only talk show host to present the Oscars ceremony either. Ellen DeGeneres from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has hosted the Oscars twice, in 2007 and 2014, while former host of "The Daily Show" Jon Stewart presented it in 2006 and 2008.
When it comes to ratings, Kimmel could have his work cut out, as for the past two years the Oscars ceremony has underperformed in viewership. In 2016, the show—which was hosted by comedian Chris Rock—hit an eight-year low with some 34.4 million viewers; while in 2015, the Neil Patrick Harris-hosted Oscars hit a six-year low, according to media reports citing Nielsen data at the time.
Oscar events before that however delivered strong numbers, including 2014 when hosted by Ellen and 2013's, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, with each delivering over 43.5 million and over 40 million viewers respectively.
It's not just been the Oscars however which has been under pressure when it comes to ratings. In 2016, a whole host of award shows have underperformed compared to previous years, including the Grammys, Emmys and MTV's Video Music Awards, as changes in how society watches television has ramifications on the industry.
Even so, the Academy and ABC—who is broadcasting the event—expect the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" presenter to do a great job next year.
"Jimmy is the perfect choice for us. He is deeply rooted in the Hollywood community and gifted at connecting with an audience as the consummate emcee," Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment's president said in a statement. "We expect the evening will be filled with great fun while honoring the best in the movie business."
The 89th Oscars award show is set to take place on Sunday, February 26 2017 in Hollywood, while the ultimate nominations for the event will be revealed on January 24, 2017.