UPDATED with video: Hours after tweeting that he would be hosting the next Academy Awards, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel opened his show teasing, “A lot of things happened to me…”I got a tummy tuck,… had my eyes done and I think they look great, I also went to Dry Bar and had an updo. I had my whole body done.
“But I also read online today that, in February I’ll be hosting the Oscars,” he finally got around to saying, triggering big applause from his studio audience.
The announcement completes the trend to have big awards ceremonies also serve as promotional platforms for the broadcasting networks’ late-night hosts. Kimmel also hosted this year’s Emmys on ABC, Jimmy Fallon hosted the Golden Globes on NBC, James Corden hosted the Tonys and will host the Grammys.
“The producer and the Academy went through a long list of names and, in the end, they decided that, since I’m already right across the street from where they produce the show, I was the closest person to host,” he added, self depricatingly.
“I guess I have to get a tux now – or maybe I’ll wear jean shorts! Has anybody ever done that?” he asked his audience, noting, “We have to shake things up.”
“Marijuana will be legal for recreational use in February, maybe you can pass some of that our on the red carpet before the show, and then we just see what happens,” He suggested to Guillermo Rodriguez. “My goal is to somehow get arrested during the hosting of the show.”
“I had a very nice call of congratulations this morning from the president of Taiwan,” Kimmel snarked, settling in to his first Donald Trump gag of the night. “Just to be clear, she called me, not the other way around.”
(The White House said Monday that US officials have talked at least twice with Beijing over concern POTUS-Elect Trump has unraveled this country’s ties with China after his phone conversation with Taiwan’s leader last week, in which, Trump surrogates have insisted, she called him to congratulate him on his win.)
Kimmel next announced his wife is “hosting a baby inside her body,” triggering even bigger applause.
“So there’s a lot exciting stuff going on. Congratulations to me. I’m hosting the Oscars – and I had sex. Two things, as a teenage boy, I never thought would be possible.”