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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals His Pay for Hosting Oscars

As one of the biggest names in late-night television, Jimmy Kimmel will only earn what he might consider pocket change as he hosts the Academy Awards this February.

The late-night host appeared on KROQ’s “Kevin & Bean” morning show on Wednesday, where he revealed he’ll be paid $15,000 to host the Oscars ceremony. Though the numbers may seem a bit low, compared to what he normally makes, Kimmel joked about the sum, saying, “I think it’s illegal to pay nothing.”

“I’m not sure I was supposed to reveal this,” he added. “But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault.”

In addition to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the 49-year-old comedian has also hosted his own Oscars aftershow on ABC within the last few years. The announcement that Kimmel would host seemed rather overdue, as the host for film’s biggest night is usually announced months prior.

“They asked like 14 people and they all said no and then there was me,” Kimmel also joked on “Kevin & Bean.” “I absolutely was surprised.”

This isn’t the first time Kimmel has poked fun at himself regarding the gig. Last week, he opened Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with the news that he had been selected to host, alongside a myriad of jokes at the untimely announcement.

“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,” Kimmel said in his opening monologue.

The 89th Academy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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