Jimmy Kimmel to host the 2016 Emmy Awards

By Jessica Cecchin

Come September, Jimmy Kimmel will have another great reason to appear on your television sets as the funnyman has been slated to host the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards for the second time.

The late-night talk show host helmed the awards show for ABC back in 2012 and it looks like they were so pleased they're bringing him back. Broadcast rights for the Primetime Emmys rotate each year between the Big Four networks: ABC, CBS (Neil Patrick Harris in 2013), NBC (Seth Meyeres in 2014) and Fox (Andy Samberg in 2015), and Jimmy is thrilled to be back on stage this year.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 2016 Emmys. Photo: © Getty Images

“I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again,” Jimmy said early Monday morning in a press release, “I have a feeling I’m going to be great.”

He also spoke to his fans directly through his Twitter account, tweeting, “I am hosting the #Emmys on Sunday Sept 18. Until then, have a great summer.”

Not only is this an exciting time for the comedian and father of three, but it's also delighted the president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, who calls Jimmy, “the consummate showman." He also believes that this year’s show will the best yet, adding, “with Kimmel at the helm, expect to be at the edge of your seat for a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Emmy event."

Andy Samberg hosted last year and did a Game of Thrones bit with the shaming nun. Photo: © Getty Images

The annual small-screen extravaganza won't be Jimmy's first hosting gig. He’s been the emcee for a number of award shows, including the ESPY Awards and the American Music Awards, and hosted events such as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

The 48-year-old has also earned himself five Emmy nominations in three different categories – Outstanding Variety Series Talk, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.

The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC on Sept. 18 with nominations being announced on July 14.

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