Ellen has date with Emmy

Comedian up for second hosting stint, 1st solo

HOLLYWOOD — Emmy’s got Ellen.

Comic Ellen DeGeneres — whose new ATG-produced laffer just landed a slot on the CBS fall sked — has been tapped to host the 53rd annual Emmy Awards. Kudocast is set to air Sunday, Sept. 16, on the Eye web.

It’s the first time DeGeneres has hosted the Emmys solo. She co-hosted the kudocast with Patricia Richardson in 1994.

DeGeneres has previously hosted the Grammy Awards. With her CBS comedy “The Ellen Show” slated to bow in September or October, it’s a given the Eye web will use the Emmys to heavily hype the new DeGeneres laffer.

Garry Shandling hosted the 2000 Emmy Awards.

Noms for this year’s Emmys are set to be announced July 12. Ceremony will originate from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, airing live in the Eastern and Central time zones.

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