Kenan Thompson has had a relationship with NBC for nearly 20 years now. This includes his record-breaking stint on Saturday Night Live, his recently canceled sitcom Kenan, serving as a judge on the reality show Bring the Funny a few years back, and doing lots of promos for Universal Studios. The next thing he’ll be doing on the network is hosting the Emmy’s.
This morning, it was announced that Thompson will serve as host for this year’s award ceremony, that will be produced by Lorne Michaels. The Awards will be broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday September 12th.
“Being a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best of the television community is ridiculously exciting, and to do it on NBC – my longtime network family – makes it even more special,” Thompson said. “Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows.”
“Kenan is well-regarded as one of funniest, likeable and accomplished performers of the last two decades and his tenure on Saturday Night Live speaks for itself,” said Jen Neal, EVP of Live Events for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We know he’ll bring an excitement and professionalism to the Emmy Awards that a show of this stature deserves.”
Thompson has been nominated for 6 Emmy Awards previously, and currently has 1 for co-writing the song Come Back Barrack with Chance The Rapper.