With 83 days to go until the 2017 Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel has been named as ceremony host.
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported the news on Monday at 12:09 p.m. ET.
The late night host confirmed on Twitter a few hours later, "This is not a prank."
Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to @alsformalwear— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 5, 2016
Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards this year, also on ABC, to critical favor and some entertainment writers said he was the obvious choice. He also hosted the Emmys in 2012.
This will be his first time with the main Oscars gig; however, Kimmel's hosted an After Oscars show since 2006.
Watch his opening monologue from the Emmys on Sept. 18 below:
Here's the beginning of the Kimmel's most recent "After the Oscars" show featuring then-host Chris Rock:
Later than normal
In a much-delayed year, producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd were named on Nov. 4 and their first job was to find and select a host for the Feb. 26 ceremony, airing on ABC.
Chris Rock was named Oscars M.C. Oct. 20, 2015, by then-producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill, who both were not asked to return, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In recent memory, the latest an Oscars host was announced was Hugh Jackman eight years ago — on Dec. 12.
Looking back 10 years, there is only one instance where producers were named after Nov. 1. Even then, it was a replacement announcement. In 2011, Brian Grazer was named a co-producer Nov. 9. But he was replacing Brett Ratner, who left following unflattering comments and a gay slur, after having originally taken the job in early August.
The 89th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2016, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.