Jimmy Kimmel to return as host for the 96th Academy Award

As of Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed that Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the Academy Awards for a record-breaking fourth time overall and for a second year in a row.

One year after welcoming Kimmel back for a 2023 ceremony that drew 18.7 million viewers, ABC is looking back to its late-night host once more.

the highest since the pre-pandemic broadcast in 2020. Following Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel oversaw a circumspect ceremony that helped the Academy Awards recover from years of instability.

Kimmel also hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018.

"I always dreamed of hosting the Oscars exactly four times,” Kimmel said in a statement.

The comedy is getting closer to become the most frequent Oscar emcee, but he's still far from it. Bob Hope holds the record for the most hosting appearances with 19 solo or co-host appearances. Billy Crystal served as a host nine times, from 1990 to 2012.

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