Hosting the Oscars is a truly thankless job, with even more critics than the people who put together the "In Memoriam" segment ("You left ___________ out???").
So you'd at least think the host is making a lot of money for taking the job. And you would be... wrong!
Jimmy Kimmel is expected to make between $15,000 and $20,000 to host the show -- a gig that requires a ton of prep, in addition to being personable, funny, and managing a bunch of people used to getting their way.
And while it may be a lot of money to you and me, let's put the numbers in context:
- Forbes says Kimmel makes $12M/year for hosting his late night show -- or nearly $231,000 per week.
- The red carpet (just the carpet) costs $25,000.
But there are benefits, even if Jimmy Kimmel doesn't get one of those fancy gift bags. (Full Disclosure: I have no idea if he gets the swag bag or not). The main benefit is lots and lots of eyeballs. Even in a down year, you can expect at least 30 million viewers in just the United States. If he pulls off a great sure, it's likely to help his late-night viewership ... and his next contract negotiation.
Check out this story from Forbes.com.
The 89th Academy Awards air Sunday evening starting with the Red Carpet show at 6PM, and the actual awards ceremony starting at 7:30PM -- on WEAR ABC 3.
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