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It wasn’t your typical celebration.” This Sunday, Kimmel faces off in front of millions of viewers for the most thankless job in show business. There’s a lot of negativity that goes along with it, but it’s a pretty great feather to have in your cap.

The track record of many past Oscar hosts has been jinxed, with reviews ranging from bad (Neil Patrick Harris in 2015) to worse (Seth Mac Farlane in 2013) to scorching (the incredibly awkward duo of James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011). And it’s something that you can tell your grandchildren about.” Kimmel is the first Oscar host to take on the job fresh off the Emmys, a twofer that has led to restless nights in which he often dreams about jokes.“Originally, it seemed a bit daunting,” says “Kimmel” co-head writer Danny Ricker.

Barbieri shouted statements like, “Does that look like the face of someone who hits on teenage girls?

” and, “Does that look like the face of a molester? There is no one I would love to fight more than you.

None of this is lost on Kimmel, 49, the amiable host of late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live! “I made a decision to try to enjoy the process and be optimistic,” he says. “The producers of the telecast pick the host,” Sherwood says, adding that ABC (which will air the ceremony through 2028) doesn’t have a say in the process. You’re going to see him bring all his talents and comedy to bear on the Oscar stage.” Oscar producers Michael de Luca and Jennifer Todd didn’t extend their invitation to Kimmel until a few weeks before Christmas, which led to rampant speculation that he wasn’t their first choice.

“That said, my subconscious still tells me it’s going to be a disaster. Even if it goes great, you get a lot of shit from a lot of people.” Although his Emmy telecast was well reviewed, it was the lowest-rated in TV history, with only 11.3 million viewers tuning in to see the sweep by “The People v. “I never suggested it officially to anyone.” Sherwood reveals that Kimmel had been on the Academy’s short list for at least two years. (They say he was.) Kimmel thought he’d been passed over, and his team almost took him out of the running because they got tired of waiting for the offer.

“Not only will he be great hosting the Oscars, we get to spread the cost of his tuxedo over two shows,” Sherwood jokes, referring to the Emmys. “I assumed there was a long list of people they asked before me,” he says.

“I fully interrogated Mike and Jennifer, and they swear it’s not true.” He thinks about it.

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