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Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2017 Academy Awards

Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 68th Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2016. Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images

Get ready! Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2017 Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. It will be the first time the late-night host has taken on the star-studded event.

Kimmel, 49, previously hosted the American Music Awards five times, the 2007 ESPYS and the Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2016.

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Back in September, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host opened up about his recent Emmy gig with THR. "Mostly I just want to do well as host. I would rather get a laugh than the trophy," he said at the time. "I'd rather have a funny — even when I'm presenting or whatever, right? I just want it to go well and afterward everybody to say, 'Oh, that was funny.’ That, to me, [is] its own reward."

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Kimmel did bring the laughs in the end. During the 2016 Emmys, he most notably poked fun of Donald Trump (two months before the mogul, 70, was nominated as president-elect), Kanye West and the cast of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. He also pretaped a hilarious clip that featured James Corden, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emilia Clarke and former GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

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Chris Rock hosted the 2016 Academy Awards and addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Stars such as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith boycotted the ceremony because only white actors were nominated in the four major categories for the second year in a row.

The 89th Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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