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Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2020 Emmy Awards

By Elaine Nalikka Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local  

Jimmy Kimmel, the host and producer of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will be hosting the 72nd Primetime Emmy Award’s this September, despite the Emmy’s hostless telecast last year and current Coronavirus concerns. The ABC network announced the news this tuesday. This will be Kimmel’s 3rd time hosting the Emmy’s; he hosted the 64th in 2012 and the 68th in 2016.

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The Emmy’s first began 71 years ago on January 25, 1949. The awards show recognizes excellence in American primetime television.  The name “Emmy” is actually from an informal term for part of a television camera (“immy”). Three organizations present the Emmy award: the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.      

Kimmel, a natural comedian and entertainer, will undoubtedly deliver a funny and unique Emmy awards show. Kimmel has also hosted the Oscars twice, which were pushed back two months because of Coronavirus concerns. He also hosted the Academy Awards in 2017 and 2018.   

When pressed for details about the ceremony, Kimmel tweeted “I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it.”

COVID-19 has hampered Hollywood and the Emmy’s will likely show this. Most shows that aimed to compete for the 2020 Emmy’s were affected by production shutdowns.

Details about how and where the 2020 Emmy’s would be filmed have not yet been released. Jimmy Kimmel may possibly be hosting the awards completely virtually, in light of COVID-19. Insiders also believe the Emmy’s may still be in “in-person” event, incorporating some virtual elements. Kimmel has actually been remotely hosting his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! From his home since March. Outlets have noted that Kimmel is no stranger to unorthodox Emmy awards shows: While hosting the Oscars in 2017 he was was present for the infamous envelope debacle, in which “La La Land” was mistakenly named best picture, even though the true winner was “Moonlight.

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Nominations for the 72nd prime-time Emmys will be announced by the TV academy on July 28. The Emmy’s are set to air on ABC Sept. 20 (8 EDT/5 PDT).

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