LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite his jokes that he’ll never get asked back after the historic envelope flub at this year’s Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the Oscars once more.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday said Kimmel will return for the 90th Oscars with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, the team behind this year’s ceremony.
“If you think we screwed up the ending this year, wait until you see what we have planned for the 90th anniversary show!” Kimmel said in the official announcement.
It’s an extremely early date to set the host for the 2018 ceremony — Kimmel was not announced as the host of the 2017 Oscars until December 2016, and the previous year’s host, Chris Rock, was announced the prior November — but film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told the Associated Press Tuesday that they were so pleased with the team that they wanted to “keep the momentum going” for the 90th.
“It’s a big year for us,” Boone Isaacs said. “It’s going to be a big celebration, and it’s wonderful to have a team that’s experienced, and freshly experienced, and already has some wonderful ideas.”
Ratings for the 89th Oscars this past February were the lowest since 2008 with 32.9 million viewers tuning in, however, even with the drama of the envelope gaffe in which Faye Dunaway, reading an incorrect card, announced “La La Land” as the Best Picture winner. The snafu was corrected on stage, and “Moonlight” was given the award.
New protocols for PwC, which took responsibility for the mistake, were implemented following the ceremony, including a ban on cellphones backstage for accountants, employing a third balloting partner for the telecast and bringing in PwC’s U.S. chairman to provide oversight.
The 90th Oscars will be held on March 4, 2018, in Los Angeles and broadcast live on ABC.