Three years after TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Oscars, the world’s biggest awards show will finally have a face when the event airs March 27 on U.S. television channel ABC. – NewsGram
Three years after TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Oscars, the world’s biggest awards show will finally have a face when the event airs March 27 on U.S. television channel ABC.
Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment, according to ‘Variety,’ made the announcement during the ABC segment of the Television Critics Association’s Virtual Press Tour. But he didn’t say who it might be. “Maybe that’s me,” Erwich joked, before touting his confidence in Oscar executive producer Will Packer. “Will really has his pulse on popular culture and entertainment,” Erwich said. “I know he has a lot in store and we’ll have more details to share soon.”
Jimmy Kimmel was the last Oscar host, having hosted the ceremony in 2017 and 2018, notes “Variety”. Other hosts over the past decade have included Chris Rock (2016), Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2014), Seth MacFarlane (2013), Billy Crystal (2012) and James Franco / Anne Hathaway (2011). The MacFarlane and Franco / Hathaway passages were seen as an offer by ABC and the Academy to attract a younger audience, but critics were not impressed.
Hosting the Oscars was at one point considered one of the most coveted concerts in Hollywood (especially during the Bob Hope and Johnny Carson era), according to ‘Variety,’ but the work has come to be regarded as most ungrateful in the age of social media and relentless criticism from everyone on stage.
The real end of the line for the Oscar host, however, came in 2019, when the Academy announced Kevin Hart in the role. Hart then decided to drop out after the organization asked him to apologize for years-old homophobic tweets; after that, the 2019 event went without a host and saw its ratings increase from the previous year. (IANS / JB)
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