Jimmy Kimmel Reveals His Pay for Hosting the Oscars

As gigs go, they don’t get bigger. But the paycheck? Not so much.

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel told radio morning show Kevin & Bean he gets $15,000 for hosting the Academy Awards.

“They asked like 14 people and they all said no and then there was me,” Kimmel told the duo. “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,” Kimmel said in an opening monologue this week.

The 89th Academy Awards will air live Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

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