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Jimmy Kimmel on Hosting the Oscars, Donald Trump Jokes and if Hillary Clinton Will Show Up

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Being asked to host the Oscars isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Last December when Jimmy Kimmel was at the airport, coming home from a relaxing family vacation in Hawaii, he took a phone call from his agent with the offer. After he hung up — “my response was not one of enthusiasm,” he confesses — he dreaded facing his wife, TV writer- producer Molly McNearney, who had lived through his hosting the Emmys just three months earlier.

“As I approached her, I felt like I was going to tell her I wrecked her car or something,” Kimmel says. “Then we got home, and I had a vicious migraine all night. 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. The track record of many past Oscar hosts has been jinxed, with reviews »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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WGA East to Honor Veteran Comedy Writer Steve O’Donnell

3 January 2017 2:38 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Prolific TV comedy writer Steve O’Donnell will receive a top honor from the Writer’s Guild of America East at its annual awards gala this year. O’Donnell, a longtime former staffer of “Late Night with David Letterman,” will receive the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence at a Feb. 19 gala hosted by Lewis Black, the guild said Tuesday. “The Sargent Award is awarded to a writer who embodies the spirit, commitment and comic genius of Mr. Sargent, as well as his dedication to mentoring new writers,” a statement read of the awards namesake, who served as president of the Wgae for 14 years. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Longtime Letterman Writer Steve O’Donnell Set For WGA East’s Herb Sargent Award

3 January 2017 10:50 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Late-night TV writer Steve O'Donnell will be this year's recipient of the WGA East's Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence. Nominated for 20 Primetime Emmys and the winner of four, O’Donnell spent 10 years as head writer on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman and another five years as head writer on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. The award, which will be presented February 19 at the WGA Awards ceremony in New York, is given to a writer "who embodies the spirit, commitment… »

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