The late-night comedian quipped that he "always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that the late-night comedian will return to emcee the 2024 Oscars, marking his fourth outing as host.
Kimmel, who previously led the 2017, 2018, and 2023 telecasts, joins Whoopi Goldberg and Jack Lemmon in the four-timers club. The only people to have hosted more times are Johnny Carson (five times), Billy Crystal (nine times), and Bob Hope (a whopping 19 times).
The 96th Academy Awards will also mark the return of Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, as executive producer of the telecast.
"We are thrilled about Jimmy returning to host and Molly returning as executive producer for the Oscars. They share our love of movies and our commitment to producing a dynamic and entertaining show for our global audience," Academy CEO Bill Kramer and president Janet Yang said in a joint statement. "We are deeply grateful to Jimmy, Molly and their teams for their incredible creativity and partnership and for going on this ride with us again.”
Meanwhile, Kimmel quipped, "I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times."
McNearney, who produced all three of Kimmel's prior outings, added, "I'm especially honored to be part of the Oscars team this year, when we are all eager to be back together and back to work."
The 2017 ceremony in particular is remembered for its infamous Best Picture mixup, in which La La Land was mistakenly announced as recipient of the top prize in place of the true winner, Moonlight.
The 96th Oscars will be held Sunday, March 10, 2024, and air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Though there was some concern that the ceremony would be delayed due to the months-long writers' and actors' strikes, both work stoppages have since been resolved, setting the stage for Hollywood's biggest night to proceed as usual.
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