It’s finally time we leave award show-hosting to the real master of the monologue: Late-night television.
Jimmy Kimmelwas just announced as the host of the 2017 Oscars, a pick by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences that only cements an emerging trend in the award show circuit.
His late-night rivals James Cordenand Jimmy Fallon will both take a stab at an annual ceremony of their own, with the man behind “Carpool Karaoke” fittingly at the helm of the 2017 Grammys and Fallon on 2017 Golden Globes duty. And just last night, Stephen Colbert descended upon Washington D.C. to kick off the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors, albeit less mainstream, nonetheless a star-studded event.
But as for the highest-earning man in late-night, a hefty payday doesn’t necessarily equate to hosting opportunities. Colbert, who has mostly shied away from award season (save for receiving 27 Emmy nods and 9 actual statues across a 12-year span), tied with Fallon after earning $15 million in 2016, according to Forbes. O’Brien fell short of No. 1 by $2.5 million, and Kimmel made the top four cut with his $12 million salary.
So where does this pattern all stem from? Ratings, people. Ratings!