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. 18. He also hosted the Emmys the last time it aired on the alphabet net back in 2012.
The four main broadcast webs rotate these top TV kudos; last year they were on Fox and presided over by Andy Samberg one of the stars of that net’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The year before they were on NBC and Seth Meyers, the newly-minted host of the Peacock net’s “Late Night,” handled hosting. In 2013, CBS showcased “How I Met Your Mother” funnyman Neil Patrick Harris.
Kimmel’s show replaced “Politically Correct with Bill Maher” in the midnight slot on ABC back in January, 2003. He’s also inherited that show’s Emmy curse, which lost eight consecutive bids for Best Variety Series. Kimmel’s talkfest lost that race three times, first to “The Daily Show” in 2012 and then to “The Colbert Report” in both 2013 and 2014. Last year, it lost in the newly created Variety Talk category to the final season of “The Daily Show.”
However, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has won two of its 16 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).
And 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.”
The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place over two nights the preceding weekend at the Microsoft Theater as well. And Emmy nominations will be announced July 14.
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