He has been the host of the Emmy Awards, the ESPY Awards, the American Music Awards, the “Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson” and, for 14 years, his ABC late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” so it’s only fair that Jimmy Kimmel should at last be allowed to host the Academy Awards.
And Kimmel is trying to find a balance with politics. He told Itzkoff in the interview:
There definitely is a point at which that becomes too much. There’s also a point at which it becomes too little. And finding that balance is, for me, the most difficult hurdle, when it comes to this broadcast. We don’t know what our mood in this country is going to be on Sunday. We seem to be in a very temperamental period. We’re having wild mood swings as a nation right now. Hopefully everyone will be in a good mood that night.
Yeah—Kimmel is doing his thing.
Kimmel is a goofy guy, and that works for him. But the political environment makes it impossible for Kimmel, so was he doomed to fail?
Here are some perspectives on Kimmel's performance.
45 minutes over and they announced the wrong Best Picture winner. Jimmy Kimmel is never hosting again