It's terribly rude to reveal your salary, and pretty taboo to discuss money in general. But hey, Jimmy Kimmel wanted to tell you how much the Oscars will pay him to host in 2017, and so he did.

He's making $15,000.

"You know why?" Kimmel asked the hosts of KROQ's The Kevin & Bean Show, "I think it's illegal to pay nothing."


Depending on who you are, $15,000 is a lot of money, or not a lot of money. If you're Jimmy Kimmel, who makes a $10 million salary for his TV show, it's definitely not.

"I'm not sure I was supposed to reveal this," Kimmel told the radio show hosts, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "But nobody told me not to. I consider this their fault."

The hosts also wondered aloud whether Kimmel was making as much as, say, previous hosts Chris Rock and Billy Crystal.


"That's what they told me."

If you want a point of comparison, Chris Rock is making a reported $40 million for just two Netflix specials. If each special's an hour, that's $20 million per hour. Since the Oscars are about four hours, Kimmel's making less than $4,000 an hour.

When you put it that way—yeah, it still seems like a ton of money. Let's raise the minimum wage to Oscar host levels immediately.