Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 Emmy Awards

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Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 Emmy Awards on September 12.

“To be a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best in the television community is insanely exciting, and doing it on NBC — my longtime network family — makes it even more special,” Thompson, 44, said in a statement Tuesday. “Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars of my favorite shows.”

Celebrating TV’s Hottest Shows, the awards will be broadcast live on NBC at 8:00 p.m. from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The show will also stream on Peacock. The Creative Arts Ceremonies are scheduled to be presented on September 3rd and 4th.

Jen Neal, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Executive VP of Live Events, gushed about the Nickelodeon alum in her own statement. “Kenan is recognized as one of the funniest, most personable and accomplished performers of the past two decades, and his stint on ‘Saturday Night Live’ speaks for itself,” she said. “We know he will bring an excitement and professionalism to the Emmy Awards that a show of this magnitude deserves.”

Thompson – who will begin his 20th season on “SNL” later this year – is no stranger to the Emmys. He is a six-time Emmy Award nominee and even received two nominations last year for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his comedy series Kenan and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for SNL.

Thompson won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the SNL song “Come Back, Barack” in 2018.

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“To be a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best in the television community is incredibly exciting,” said the comedian.
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The ‘Kenan and Kel’ star joined the cast of the live comedy sketch show in 2003. However, he did admit it might be about time the long-running show ended in the near future.

He appeared on Charlamagne tha God’s Hell of a Week series last month and noted that when creator Lorne Michaels, 77, retires after the 2024-25 season, the show could end properly.

“There’s a rumor going around that the show is ending in its 50th season because Mr. Lorne Michaels doesn’t want to do it after he’s 80. Is that true?” Charlamagne, 44, wondered.

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Thompson has been on SNL since 2003 and will be celebrating his 20th season later this fall.
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“There might be a lot of truth to that rumor because 50 is a good number to stop at,” Thompson said.

“[NBC] could cut the budget and then you can’t really do the same kind of show at that point,” he continued. “So it’s unfair to watch it really burst into flames because of those limitations… Capping it at 50 might not be a bad idea.” Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 Emmy Awards

Emma Bowman

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