The Emmys may be known for plenty of things — sparkly dresses, controversial winners and political acceptance speeches among them — but switching things up isn’t one of them. But hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
Following up on months of rumours, Jimmy Kimmel officially confirmed that he’s been tapped as the host of the awards show when it broadcasts live later this year, making this his second time in the prestigious position. The last time he got up on that stage was back in 2012, a.k.a. the last time ABC had rights to the broadcast (ABC, Fox, NBC and CBS rotate the rights).
I am hosting the #Emmys on Sunday Sept 18. Until then, have a great summer.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 7, 2016
Kimmel will be followingon the heels of recent hosts Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers and Neil Patrick Harris. Prior to Kimmel, Jane Lynch served as the Fox host in 2011, marking the first time a female hosted the show solo since Ellen DeGeneres’s turn in 2005. (Angela Lansbury is the only other woman to host solo since the show’s inception in 1949.)
As for diversity? We’re sure it will be apparent in spades via the presenters given ABC’s overall diversity mandate, but we are a little surprised after the #OscarsSoWhite campaigning that the network didn’t opt for a person of colour to host the show. Cuban-born Desi Arnaz is the only minority to have ever hosted the show solo throughout its entire run, although the likes of Bill Cosby, Wanda Sykes and Oprah Winfrey have co-hosted in the past.
Politics aside, we’re fairly confident Kimmel will give us another outstanding opening monologue and plenty of quips to play around with on Twitter. After all, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host knows a thing or two about playing to crowds and getting the party going.
Here in Canada, citizens can check out all the action on CTV, home of the prestigious show come September. Meanwhile, nominations are expected to be announced live on July 14.