Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2012 Emmy Awards

Late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel will host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, to be held Sept. 23 and broadcast on ABC, it was announced on Monday.

“I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars,” Kimmel said in a statement, alluding to Murphy’s very brief tenure as host of this year’s Academy Awards.

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Though Kimmel has lorded over such fetes as the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards, this marks his first time tackling TV’s biggest night. The Emmys’ most recent hosts include Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, a quintet of reality-TV hosts and Ryan Seacrest.

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In addition to his ABC late-nighter, Kimmel is also known within TV circles as a show-stopping annual guest at ABC’s upfront presentation to the ad community, where he takes delicious digs at rival networks (while also poking fun at ABC’s admitted shortcomings).

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