After early reports that Kimmel was in talks to host, the news was officially announced early Monday morning. Kimmel himself also tweeted the news.
The 2016 show will mark Kimmel’s second time hosting the Emmys, serving as emcee of the show in 2012, when it last aired on ABC. The four broadcast networks, which share rights to the telecast, typically rotate hosts when each one gets the awards show but also typically give their own network personalities the hosting duties. Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are NBC’s most recent hosts with Fox going with Andy Samberg last year and CBS selecting Neil Patrick Harris to host in 2009 and 2013.
In 2008, when ABC broadcast the Emmys, the network had reality hosts Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest share hosting duties.
“I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live host said in a statement. “I have a feeling I’m going to be great.”
ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey added, “Jimmy Kimmel is the consummate showman. With Kimmel at the helm, expect to be at the edge of your seat for a bigger, bolder, and better-than-ever Emmy event.”
The Television Academy also announced Monday that the Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place over two nights, Saturday and Sunday Sept. 10 and 11.
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from L.A.’s Microsoft Theater at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 18. Nominations will be announced on the morning of Thursday, July 14.
Read Kimmel’s tweet below.
I am hosting the #Emmys on Sunday Sept 18. Until then, have a great summer.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 7, 2016