“It’s funny. When you’re hosting a show, everybody wants you to tease and tell what’s going to happen,” jokes Jimmy Kimmel about being the emcee at Sunday’s Emmy Awards ceremony. In our video chat after Wednesday’s official red carpet roll-out (watch above), Kimmel adds, “Nobody would ever say that about a movie. It’s like, ‘Can you tell us what’s going to happen at the end of “Star Wars?”‘ The answer is ‘No!'”
Kimmel will be hosting the live ceremony for the second time on his home network of ABC, which airs his Emmy-nominated late-night series “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Regarding his return, he says, “I hope it will be better, I don’t know. It’s basically the same thing. You come out and do a bunch of jokes. I think it went pretty well the last time, and we’re hoping to build on that.”
He competes once again in the Best Variety Talk Series category, but the prior winners of “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” are gone. He is now up against “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” “Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
In our short interview, we discuss his hoping to win this time and whether that will happen. We also chat about why his idol David Letterman hasn’t yet been inducted into the television academy’s hall of fame and how Kimmel can make that happen with his inside connections.
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