Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson

ABC announced today it will broadcast an Oscars After Party, live, immediately following the 89th Oscars on Sunday, February 26.

“Live from Hollywood: The After Party” is a one-hour special hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson. The Emmy-nominated actor will be joined by “Good Morning America” Co-Anchor Lara Spencer, with special contributors Joe Zee, Yahoo Style’s editor-in-chief, and ABC News’ Chris Connelly. The star-studded special features red-carpet interviews with celebrities outside The Governor’s Ball, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious parties. It will also include backstage interviews with the night’s big winners.

Anderson is no stranger to hosting televised awards ceremonies; he’s hosted (or co-hosted) the BET Awards at least twice, the NAACP Image Awards at least 3 times, the Soul Train Awards, the Annual Trumpet Awards and a few more. So he certainly has the experience. So why not host the Oscars at some point? Especially as his industry profile is maybe higher than it’s ever been, thanks in large part to the success of “Black-ish” and his Emmy recognition, as well as his now being selected to host the first-ever live post Oscar special for the network that airs the Oscars.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST. The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on

“Live From Hollywood: The After Party” will be produced by ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions. Brian Teta and Marc Burstein are executive producers.