Meet an Emmy Nominee: 'United Shades of America' Host W. Kamau Bell

"I didn't get to go to prom so this is my prom," the comedian says of the Emmys ceremony.

"I feel honored," W. Kamau Bell says about his Emmy nomination for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program for his CNN documentary series, United Shades of America. "It's a little overwhelming."

Sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his nomination, Bell pointed out that his competition in the category is "ridiculous," especially since it includes the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Alec Baldwin, RuPaul, and Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. "I couldn't get into a party with those people," he explained. "It's funny I'm amongst them in this nomination."

When asked who he would like to sit next to during the ceremony, Bell mentioned sitting near Snoop Dogg, "just to see what that was like." And that his goal was try to photobomb a picture with Alec Baldwin, whom he's been a big of fan for years. "I didn't get to go to prom, so this is my prom," he said.

While discussing United Shades of America, Bell explains how this season and the first episode focusing on immigrants and refugees played into the current political climate. "We shot last season before the election. And then after the election, it felt like that immigration and refugee episode was a good place to start because this is the theme of the season." 

Watch the full interview in the video above.

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