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."
"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.