Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Surprising Oscars Hosting Salary
“I think it’s illegal to pay nothing,” Jimmy said on KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean” when he revealed that he would be paid $15,000 for the gig. “I’m not sure I was supposed to reveal this. But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault.”
“They asked like 14 people and they all said no and then there was me,” Jimmy added about saying “yes” to the gig. “I absolutely was surprised…The producers and the Academy went through a long list of names, and in the end, they decided that — since I am already right across the street from where they do the show — I was the closest person to host.”
The Oscars air on February 27, 2017.