Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, disclosed in December how much he was getting paid for the gig.
It turns out he was paid $15,000, which is a lot of money for a few hours of airtime but pretty low compared with his regular pay for “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” — $13 million to $15 million a year — and given all the preparation that goes into hosting a live TV event as widely seen as the Oscars.
“I’m not sure I was supposed to reveal this,” Kimmel said in December. “But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault.”
After the chaos that erupted at the end of the awards show when “La La Land” was incorrectly announced as the best-picture winner, Kimmel may have more to complain about when it comes to his relatively low pay.
“I knew I would screw this show up. I really did,” Kimmel said jokingly after the mistake was corrected and the “Moonlight” team was brought up to receive its rightful award.
A caveat is that ABC, the network that broadcasts Kimmel’s late-night show, is also the network that broadcasts the Oscars, so Kimmel may have stipulations in his contract for hosting these events.
Kimmel’s contract with ABC ends in 2019, and he has said he’s considering retiring from late-night TV.