Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2012 Emmy Awards

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Writes THR's Tim Goodman: "He's changed the late-night game by stressing videotaped bits, and in almost the same way musical acts want to be on with Fallon, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s" skits draw A-list actors who know their hip factor goes up when they get in on the joke.

Jimmy Kimmel is jumping from late night to primetime.

The comedian and host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! will host the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, set to air Sept. 23 on ABC. He takes over the role from Glee's Jane Lynch, who hosted last year's kudofest on Fox, a network without an obvious late-night choice to put at the podium. The year prior, NBC slotted in its still-green late-night host Jimmy Fallon.

"I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars," Kimmel joked, in a nod to the debacle in which Murphy pulled out of hosting this year's Oscars after Brett Ratner, the producer who had selected him, left the show after making an anti-gay remark that was caught on tape.

Don Mischer will exec produce the Emmys for a 12th time. The awards show again will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Kimmel is no stranger to awards shows, having hosted the ESPYs, American Music Awards and ABC's long-running After-Oscar special. During the course of his show's decade-long run, he has appeared annually at ABC's upfront presentation to advertisers to poke fun at all facets of the television industry, from the networks to its stars. Next month, he will emcee the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington.

Additional reporting by Lacey Rose.