How much would you ask to host the Oscars?
The awards show is Hollywood’s most anticipated, and hosting it means standing in front of the industry’s most elite.
A-listers like Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Hugh Jackman and Liza Minnelli have all taken on the role. And given their Hollywood status, you’d expect they’d be given a decent pay cheque.
But as it turns out, it seems hosting the Oscars is more about privilege than pay.
Jimmy Kimmel, one of the highest-paid and most popular names in late night, recently revealed how much his paycheque would be for hosting the event.
In comparison, Kimmel’s average salary for hosting his ABC talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! is $13-15 million.
If you’re wondering why the Oscars producers hate Kimmel so much, they don’t. The ‘measly’ paycheque is apparently common among the event’s hosts.
“They don’t pay you any money; the Oscars pay you like chicken feed,” Alec Baldwin, who hosted in 2010, told The Hollywood Reporter.
And in 2013, the same publication reported that the average salary for the role is around $15,000 to $20,000 for the night.
To put that into perspective, the red carpet itself comes in at around $24,700.
With pocket change as pay, does that mean Kimmel’s smooth handling of the Best Picture mix up mean the talk show host will get a bonus?
During the fiasco, Kimmel told La La Land producers:
I think you guys should keep it anyway.
This is very unfortunate what happened. Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this. I would like to see you get an Oscar anyway. Why can’t we just give out a whole bunch of them?
His nod to Steve Harvey was a reference to his mix-up while announcing the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant.
But Kimmel’s smooth handling of the situation is unlikely to bag him a bonus. Still, $15,000 is a decent wad of cash – even if he only uses it as a door stop.