Jimmy Kimmel is not one to hold a grudge. Even though his late night talker has been snubbed year after year by the Emmys he has agreed to host their upcoming kudocast. Monday’s announcement isn’t such a surprise as the awards are airing on Kimmel’s home network of ABC on Sept. 23. Don Mischer will be executive producing the Emmys for the 12th time.
The four main broadcast webs rotate these top TV kudos; last year they were on Fox and presided over by Jane Lynch, one of the stars of that net’s “Glee.” The year before they were on NBC and Jimmy Fallon, the newly-minted host of the Peacock net’s “Late Night,” handled hosting. In 2009, CBS showcased “How I Met Your Mother” funnyman Neil Patrick Harris. The last time ABC had the Emmys was in 2008 when the five nominees in the new category of Best Reality Host — Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst, Ryan Seacrest — proved to be losers as emcees.
While Fallon broke through into the Variety Series race last year, Kimmel has yet to make the cut (above, the pair presenting together at last year’s awards). His show replaced “Politically Correct with Bill Maher” in the midnight slot on the alphabet net back in January, 2003. While Maher has racked up a record 27 losses, Kimmel has never contended at the Emmys.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” has won two of its 11 technical bids — Clip Packages Editing (2008) and Costumes (2010) — as well as Best Song for the virial hit “I’m F***ing Matt Damon” (2008). However, it has yet to reap a nod in either the top category or for writing.
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has won Best Variety Series for nine consecutive years. Before that, “The Late Show with David Letterman” scored five straight victories. The other shows that repeatedly get nominated include “The Colbert Report,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Saturday Night Live,” and one of Conan O’Brien‘s programs.
While he may not have a primetime trophy, Kimmel shared a 1999 Daytime Emmy with Ben Stein for co-hosting “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”