Jimmy Kimmel gets his third shot at hosting the Emmy Awards

Lawrence Kim
June 17, 2020

Jimmy Kimmel has been announced as the host of the 72nd annual Emmy Awards, which are right now set to air on September 20 on ABC. "The 72nd #Emmy Awards - Sunday, September 20th on @ABCNetwork @TelevisionAcad", he wrote.

"I don't know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it", said Kimmel, who will also serve as executive producer.

The late-night talk show host confirmed the news on his own Twitter account, stressing that he's still a bit wary about how the award show will be handled this year given the coronavirus pandemic.

The network said details on the show's production will be announced soon.

Kimmel hosted both the 2012 and 2016 Emmy Awards.

Kimmel is no stranger to hosting the gala event as he has served as master of ceremonies at the 64th in 2012 and 68th Emmy Awards in 2016.

Scenarios under consideration include a completely virtual event or a combination of in-person elements, pre-recorded segments and online appearances, according to Hollywood trade publication Variety.

Beyond Jimmy Kimmel Live, now in its 18th season, Kimmel recently hosted and was an executive producer of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's prime-time return to ABC.

"We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a uniquely entertaining, amusing and moving Primetime Emmys show", Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment said in a statement.

Kimmel also hosted the Oscars twice, in 2017 and 2018.

The entertainment industry is just beginning to restart production following a months-long shutdown aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.

One major change involved the Emmy nominations announcement getting pushed back two weeks, from Tuesday, July 14, to Tuesday, July 28.

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