Jimmy Kimmel wishes he had a time machine to ruin past Oscar shows

ABC/Jeff Lipsky(LOS ANGELES) — In an interview that aired today on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel said he wishes he could ensure good reviews as an Oscar host by going back in time and ruining all the previous ones.

Kimmel, who has hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live for 14 years, is a veteran awards show host. He has hosted the American Music Awards five times, the Emmy Awards twice, and the ESPYs once.  But as he prepares to host the 89th Academy Awards on ABC this Sunday, he told ABC News’ T.J. Holmes that this gig’s a little different.

“It’s funny because you’d think it would be basically the same. You walk on stage. You tell some jokes….But people keep reminding you that it’s the Oscars, and that there are three times as many people watching, and eventually it kinda becomes this cloud that surrounds you,”  he explained.

Kimmel admitted that he is even studying past Oscar hosts for tips, but is getting a little intimidated.

“I know it sounds like I’m being nice but I thought everyone did at least a good job, and some of them did great jobs hosting the Oscars,” Kimmel said. “And that actually makes it worse for me, because what I would’ve loved is if the last 14 Oscar hosts had bombed miserably.”

“That’s my dream, get in a time machine and go back and ruin the Oscars for all those hosts,”he joked.

Jimmy also said that he’s looking forward to seeing his nemesis, who has been nominated as a producer of Manchester by the Sea, at the show on Sunday.

“Unfortunately, we will see Matt Damon,” Kimmel said. “He’s my arch enemy, really. I mean, if the Joker and the Batman were face to face, there would be some kind of a standoff and I would imagine that that will be the same for this.” 

“I don’t want the film to lose,” Kimmel clarified. “I want him to lose.”

“After the Oscars, I’m going to go home and I’m going watch the broadcast,” Kimmel joked, describing his post-Oscar plans. “And I’m going see who was clapping and who was laughing. And more importantly, who was not. And I vow to destroy those people, for the rest of my days…I will not relent until they are out of show business.”

The 89th Academy Awards will air on Sunday on ABC.

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