Like NBC did with Jimmy Fallon, ABC is reaching into its latenight ranks and has tabbed Jimmy Kimmel to host the upcoming Emmy Awards.
Kudocast, to be held Sept. 23 from the Nokia Theater, will be a primetime showcase for the comedian, who has been a star for the Alphabet with his midnight staple “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Series has been on the air for 10 years and just hit a five-year high mark in the recent February sweeps.
“I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars,” Kimmel joked, referring to the comic actor who pulled out as host of this year’s Academy Awards. This will be Kimmel’s first time hosting the Emmys.
As part of the television “wheel” agreement, it’s ABC’s turn to host the Emmys this year. Jane Lynch hosted last year, when the show was on Fox; NBC aired the kudocast in 2010.
ABC also announced that Don Mischer will exec produce the Emmys for a 12th time. Mischer recently directed and produced the Oscars.
“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,” Mischer said.
The last time ABC hosted the Emmys was 2008, and that kudocast was skewered by critics. Net opted to have five reality hosts emcee the program, and the unscripted segment, when they all appeared onstage at the top of the show, was clumsy and provided little, if any, laughter.