Kimmel, James to co-host ESPYs

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Jimmy Kimmel and NBA star LeBron James have been tapped to co-host the 15th anniversary of ESPN's ESPY Awards.

The two-hour awards show, which honors the best in sports and entertainment, will be taped at 6 p.m. July 11 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. The telecast is set to air at 9 p.m. ET July 15.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the ESPYs, ESPN will present additional programming to the ESPYs lineup. Dates will be announced soon for "The ESPYs Nomination Special," "Arthur Ashe Special," "ESPYs Preview Show" and "ESPYs Backstage." Additional unique content will be available on several multimedia platforms, including ESPN.com, ESPN360.com and ESPN International.

For the fourth time in the event's 15-year history, fans will determine the winners in all categories (except the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and other special awards) by voting online at www.espys.tv from June 25-July 10.

Meanwhile, Kimmel and James will be the show's first-ever co-hosts.

"As we celebrate our 15th year of honoring the best sports stories, it's fitting that we have two hosts who reflect the spirit of the show: to bring together the biggest stars in sports and entertainment for one night," said Maura Mandt, ESPN executive producer for the 2007 ESPYs. "Trust me, viewers won't want to miss LeBron's monologue and Jimmy's behind-the-back 360-degree dunk."

Kimmel, a two-time ESPYs presenter, hosts the ABC late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and has hosted the American Music Awards three times (2003, 2004 and 2006).

James, who joined the NBA in 2003, plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won rookie of the year honors from the NBA and also won the 2004 ESPY for breakthrough athlete. The ESPYs will represent his first TV hosting experience.
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