In keeping with the grand tradition of networks pushing their own talent on the Emmys stage, Jimmy Kimmel will host the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The man behind ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will host the network’s broadcast of the Emmys on Sunday, September 17. Kimmel takes over for last year’s host, Andy Samberg, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star who guided the Fox broadcast to rave reviews.
Kimmel and the Television Academy confirmed rumors that the former co-host of “The Man Show” would be handling hosting duties as well as the exact date of the broadcast via a Tweet (from Kimmel) and a statement (from the Academy).
“I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again,” Kimmel said in a statement. “I have a feeling I’m going to be great.”
“Jimmy Kimmel is the consummate showman,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey added. “With Kimmel at the helm, expect to be at the edge of your seat for a bigger, bolder, and better-than-ever Emmy event.”
Kimmel previously hosted the 64th Primetime Emmys in 2012, after gaining plenty of experience in front of an audience on his late-night series as well as hosting gigs for the ESPYS and the American Music Awards (which he helmed five times). Kimmel kicked off his career with a Daytime Emmys win for Outstanding Game Show Host (back when he was on “Win Ben Stein’s Money”) before earning multiple Emmy nominations for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” from 2012 through 2015.
The TV Acadmey also announced Bob Bain will serve as executive producer for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards; a significant hire considering the ceremony for technical, behind-the-scenes talent will take place over two nights, one week earlier, on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, at the Microsoft Theater.
Nominations for the 2016 Primetime Emmys will be announced Thursday, July 14. Read all of Indiewire’s Emmys predictions here.