Jimmy Kimmel returning to host 2020 Emmy Awards

This Sept. 14, 2016 file photo shows host Jimmy Kimmel posing for a photo with a replica of an Emmy statue at the Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day in Los Angeles, Calif. Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File

For the third time in Television Academy history, Jimmy Kimmel will return as the host for the annual Emmy Awards this year.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Emmys will return later this year and serve as the first major awards show to take place since the novel coronavirus put the global entertainment industry at a standstill.

The Television Academy confirmed the news in an official press release on Tuesday.

“We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a uniquely entertaining, funny and moving Primetime Emmys show,” Karey Burke, the president of ABC Entertainment, wrote in the statement.

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“He’s a true master of ceremonies who reveres this industry and its people; and just as Jimmy has done with his own show over the past few months, he will tackle this momentous event with heart and humour, and bring some much-needed joy and optimism to our television colleagues and viewers at home.”

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On receiving the news, Kimmel, 52, tweeted: “I don’t know where, how, or even why we are doing this, but we are and I am hosting it!”

The famed late-night TV personality hosted the prestigious awards ceremony in 2012 and 2016.

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The 72nd annual Emmy Awards are scheduled to take place and broadcast live on Sept. 20, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Nominations for the highly anticipated event will be announced by the Television Academy on July 28.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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