Jimmy Kimmel to host Primetime Emmy awards show in September


FILE PHOTO: Television host Jimmy Kimmel poses at a premiere for the movie Dumplin’ in Los Angeles, California, U.S., December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jimmy Kimmel will host the Primetime Emmy Awards show on Sept. 20, broadcaster ABC said on Tuesday.

No details were given for how the show, which awards the highest honors in television, would be produced, since the coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of multiple live events.

“I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it,” Kimmel said in a statement.

The statement said details of how the show will be produced would be announced soon.

Kimmel is the host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” late night talk show and has hosted the Emmy Awards twice in the past.

The Emmy Awards, usually held live in Los Angeles in front of an audience of A-list stars and preceded by a red carpet, is one of the biggest events on the entertainment industry calendar.

The coronavirus epidemic shut down production of television shows and movies around the world in mid-March, and precipitated the cancellation of film festivals and live concerts.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Chris Reese and Steve Orlofsky

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