Jimmy Kimmel to host next Emmy Awards
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel just got a prime-time gig: host of the Emmy Awards.
The star of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.
“I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars,” Mr. Kimmel joked, referring to the comic actor who pulled out as host of this year’s Academy Awards. This is Mr. Kimmel’s first time hosting the Emmys.
Mr. Kimmel’s namesake show is in its 10th season on ABC. He previously hosted the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards and is set to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner next month.
ABC also announced that director and producer Don Mischer will executive produce the Emmy telecast. Mr. Mischer recently directed and produced the Academy Awards. This is his 12th time at the helm of the Emmys.
He said he’s “thrilled” to produce the Emmys again.
“We love television and look forward to working with the television academy and ABC in creating a show that is fast-paced, humorous, unpredictable, and at times irreverent, but clearly celebratory of our incredible industry,” Mr. Mischer said in a statement Monday.
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