Jimmy Kimmel Tapped To Host Emmys
Late night, prime time - how different could the two be? No stranger to courting entertainers, ABC confirmed Monday that late night host Jimmy Kimmel will host the 64th Annual Emmy Awards, E! News reports.
It's not like Kimmel was letting this announcement slip past without jabbing vulnerable failures, either.
"I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars," Kimmel said.
All apologies to Mel Brooks, but screw the concept that it's "good to be king." Anybody would settle for being Kimmel these days. He gets to warm up for hosting the prime time honors by following Seth Myers' 2011 act as emcee to the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner.
"I look forward to being a part of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner," Kimmel said of that honor. "I love dinner."
Before Kimmel, NBC's Jimmy Fallon had been the most recent late night host to lead the Emmy broadcast, heading up the 2010 broadcast admirably. Last year, "Glee" star Jane Lynch headed up an entertaining evening, even stepping into the opening pre-taped sketch when Alec Baldwin took his ball and went to Tony Bennett's birthday party at the last minute.
Just know this, Jimmy: it's a tough gig, being these award affairs' ringmaster. Ask Ricky Gervais. Take a step too far out of line, and like it or not, you're going to wish it was only Matt Damon that you owed an apology.
Though if he does run afoul of someone, he could always riff off his "Dancing With The Stars" tradition, host the Emmy losers on his show and burn effigies of the winners.
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