Jimmy Kimmel will take center stage in 2016 on television's biggest night. ABC announced Monday that the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” comedian will host the Primetime Emmy Awards this fall.
The announcement was made by ABC's “Good Morning America.” The awards show, which is scheduled to air Sept. 18 on ABC, will be Kimmel's second time hosting the Emmys. He previously emceed the broadcast in 2012.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 7, 2016
“I am excited to be hosting the Emmys again. I have a feeling I'm going to be great,” the late-night talk show host told People. Kimmel also tweeted about his new gig.
I am hosting the #Emmys on Sunday Sept 18. Until then, have a great summer.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 7, 2016
ABC will be hoping that Kimmel will help the 2016 Emmys broadcast score a ratings bump. Viewership has been falling in recent years since 17.6 million people watched the 2013 Neil Patrick Harris-hosted show on CBS. In 2014, 15.59 people tuned in for the Seth Meyers-hosted Emmys on NBC — the awards rotates around all four major TV networks — while in 2015 the number of viewers for the Andy Samberg-hosted broadcast on Fox was down to 11.87 million, the lowest number in decades, according to data from Nielsen. The last time Kimmel hosted the Emmys on ABC, 13.26 million people watched.
In 2012, Kimmel skewered reality series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” gave a shoutout to then-first-time nominee Lena Dunham (“Girls”), made fun of “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, who at that point had not yet won an Emmy for his iconic portrayal of ad man Don Draper, and joked about then-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Watch Jimmy Kimmel's 2012 Emmys monologue below:
The Emmys itself will be operating under new regulations this year. Rule changes announced March 2 by the Television Academy -- including the expansion of the number of nominees in the writing and directing categories as well as the elimination of ranked voting -- should allow more cable and streaming series to find success at the awards show.
The 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards is scheduled to air Sept. 18 on ABC. Nominations are expected to be announced in July.