In a last-minute move, NBC and the Television Academy have finally named a host for next month’s Emmy Awards.
In a release, Kenan Thompson has been revealed as the host of the annual occasion following a lengthy search to find an A-list name. The longest-running Saturday Night Live cast member will serve as the host for his current network’s 74th Annual Primetime Emmys.
“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 in a statement. “Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows.”
Thompson has a wealth of hosting experience over the years. Last year, he hosted both the 2021 Kids’ Choice Awards and the 47th People’s Choice Awards.
“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,” Jen Neal, executive VP of Live Events for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “We know he’ll bring an excitement and professionalism to the Emmy Awards that a show of this stature deserves.”
The telecast will air live on September 12 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC and will also stream on Peacock.