Saturday night live Actor Kenan Thompson has been confirmed to host the 74th Emmy Awards next month.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 12. For the first time it will also be broadcast live on Peacock.
Thompson, 44, responded to the news in a statement Thursday (August 9), calling the opportunity “ridiculously exciting.”
“To be a part of this incredible evening where we honor the very best in the television community is incredibly exciting.” He said, adding, “And doing it on NBC — my longtime network family — makes it even more special.”
Thompson has been associated with the popular late-night sketch show for nearly two decades and will return for its 20th season this fall – making it the longest-running season SNL Actor in the history of the NBC show.
Thompson has received six Emmy nominations, including a Lead Actor nomination for his sitcom kenan, and a Supporting Actor nomination for SNL in 2021.
He won the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for his work as lyric co-writer of the song he was featured on, “Come Back, Barack”. SNL this year.
The comedian-actor will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month in advance of his debut as an Emmys host.
Thompson was an original cast member on the Nickelodeon children’s sketch comedy series All that and starred with Kel Mitchell in the spin-off Kenan and Kel. His film credits also include Clifford the big red dog and Barbershop 2: Back in business.
Earlier this year, Thompson filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, Christina Evangeline. The former couple share two daughters – Georgia and Gianna – together.
The 2022 Emmy nominations were announced on July 12.
TV shows in the running for this year’s awards include, among others Better call Saul, successor and Squid Game in the drama categories and Abbott Elementary School, Chop and Teddy Lasso in the comedy categories.
The full list of nominations can be found here.
Additional coverage from the Associated Press
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/emmy-awards-host-kenan-thompson-snl-b2142088.html SNL star Kenan Thompson to host the 2022 Emmy Awards