Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the 72nd Emmy Awards on ABC, the network and Television Academy announced on Tuesday.
This marks the third time Kimmel has hosted the Emmys, following the 64th event in 2012 and 68th in 2016.
The Primetime Emmy telecast will take place as planned on Sunday, September 20 at 8pm ET.
But beyond that, information about the telecast’s producer, or how the show will look in these pandemic times, will still be announced at another date.
“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.
According to insiders, among the scenarios being explored for an Emmys broadcast are a fully virtual version, as well as an in-person event that could still incorporate some virtual or other “non-traditional” elements.
The most important thing in determining which to choose is ensuring the health and safety of anyone involved in the show.
“We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a uniquely entertaining, funny and moving Primetime Emmys show,” said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment.
“He’s a true master of ceremonies who reveres this industry and its people; and just as Jimmy has done with his own show over the past few months, he will tackle this momentous event with heart and humour, and bring some much-needed joy and optimism to our television colleagues and viewers at home.”
He also hosted the Oscars twice, as well as the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. Last December, he released the children’s book The Serious Goose, which he wrote and illustrated.
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Published by Random House Children’s Books, The Serious Goose is a New York Times bestseller, with proceeds donated to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and children’s hospitals around the country.