Kimmel will be returning as host for the 68th Emmy Awards in September, having fronted the ceremony in 2012.
ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ had the exclusive on Monday (March 7th), as Kimmel returns to host the Emmys for the second time on September 18th. He had previously fulfilled the role back in 2012, incidentally the last time that ABC broadcasted the event (broadcasting rights are rotated between ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox).
Jimmy Kimmel, pictured at a basketball game in February 2016, will be hosting this year's Emmy Awards
“I am hosting the #Emmys on Sunday Sept 18,” the 48 year old TV host tweeted to his followers on Monday, confirming the announcement. “Until then, have a great summer.”
Kimmel follows previous Emmys hosts Andy Samberg (2015, for Fox), Seth Meyers (2014, for NBC) and Neil Patrick Harris (2013, for CBS). This year’s ceremony will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
In a press release, the Television Academy quoted Channing Dungey, the president of ABC, as saying: “Jimmy Kimmel is the consummate showman. With Kimmel at the helm, expect to be at the edge of your seat.”
Though he wasn’t invited back immediately after 2012 (and took the time to remind Harris of it the following year), Kimmel has appeared as a presenter of various individual awards in the three subsequent editions of the Emmys.
I am hosting the #Emmys on Sunday Sept 18. Until then, have a great summer.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 7, 2016
Those of you with long memories may recall the brilliant prank that delivered a ratings boost for the Emmys four years ago, when Kimmel and fellow comic Tracy Morgan contrived to get thousands to tune in with a practical joke on social media.
Morgan pretended to pass out on stage while handing out an award, with Kimmel simultaneously tweeting his legions of followers: “OMG, Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage at the Emmys, turn ABC on now!” he wrote, an incident which immediately upped the ratings and attracted more than 25,000 tweets in response in a matter of minutes.