While it's unclear whether the awards ceremony, which is set for Sunday, Sept. 20 as previously scheduled, will take place in person or will end up going virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is certain: This year's broadcast will likely be noticeably different. Details for the Emmys will be announced at a later date.
“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 Tuesday, addressing the uncertainty surrounding the Emmy telecast in the COVID-19 era. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host will also serve as an executive producer.
“We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a uniquely entertaining, funny and moving Primetime Emmys show,” said Karey Burke, President of ABC Entertainment. “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 humor, and bring some much-needed joy and optimism to our television colleagues and viewers at home.”
This marks Kimmel's third time hosting the Emmys. He previously led the 64th and 68th Emmy Awards in 2012 and 2016, respectively.
The Creative Arts Emmys, which are usually held over several days the weekend before the Primetime Emmys, will be held virtually over a few nights in September, according to the Television Academy, and will forego the annual Governors Ball events. The new format for these ceremonies is currently in development.
The TV Academy committed $1 million to The Actors Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports those in the entertainment industry who are struggling to meet basic needs due to layoffs, employment furloughs and other impacts of the pandemic.