Emmys 2016: Jimmy Kimmel confirms return as host

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The 2016 Emmy Awards are going to be on ABC, and with that it only makes sense that the network would officially hire their late-night stalwart for the job once more.

In a statement today, the network confirmed the news that they are bringing back Jimmy Kimmel for the job after he last did it during the 2012 show. (The Emmys rotate to a different one of the Big 4 networks every year.) Here is what newly-minted ABC President Channing Dungey had to say in a statement:

“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.”

We feel like Kimmel is a smart pick for the show even if it wasn’t so obvious. He’s fully tapped-in to pop-culture, he can be biting when he needs to be, and he’s also well-liked by the celebrity community. We feel like you really want to have audiences entertained for this show since there are so many other things that they could be watching, but you want to do it in a way that doesn’t make the stars hate going with the show. Also, fewer people in the crowd are drunk and there is therefore less that you can get away with in comparison to the Golden Globes.

The Emmys are going to air on September 18, and for those of you who are curious, the nominations are going to be coming out on July 14. With that in mind, we’re going to be announcing some of our personal picks for various categories in June. There’s a lot to do until then, but just keep this link in mind.

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