Kenan Thompson, a veteran of Saturday Night Live, will host the 74th Emmy Awards on behalf of NBC and the Television Academy. The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was the site of a three-hour live broadcast that aired coast to coast. First-ever live streaming on Peacock of NBC’s Live in Downtown Los Angeles, set to air September 12th.
Thompson will be presenting the Emmy Awards for the first time this year. In December, he hosted the 2021 People’s Choice Awards, which aired on NBC. A month and a half later, he returned to present the 2022 NHL Awards.
SNL cast members and writers have hosted every Emmy Awards ceremony on NBC since the “wheel” system was reinstated in the mid-1990s. Thompson’s appointment extends this record. – The Hollywood Reporter On the list are Jimmy Fallon (twice), Conan O’Brien (twice), Seth Meyers, and most recently, Weekend Update hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost for four years ago.
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“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 stated. “Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows.”
For his 20th season on SNL, Thompson will be the longest-serving cast member on NBC’s late-night show. When it comes to the Emmys, Thompson has six nominations to his name, including two for Kenan and SNL, which earned him a total of two nominations this year. For his role on Saturday Night Live, he was nominated for two Emmys in the supporting actor category in 2018 and 2020.
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Emmy Award-winning SNL song “Come Back, Barack” and a nomination in the same category for “Last Christmas” from the “Jingle Barack” SNL music video were both written by Thompson. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be bestowed upon Thompson ahead of his Emmy presenting debut in September.
“Kenan is well-regarded as one of funniest, likable, and accomplished performers of the last two decades and his tenure on Saturday Night Live speaks for itself,” stated Jen Neal, EVP of Live Events for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We know he’ll bring an excitement and professionalism to the Emmy Awards that a show of this stature deserves.”
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Thompson has also been a host of some of his most famous SNL characters, such as Diondre Cole, the singing talk show host of “What’s Up With That,” Steve Harvey on “Family Feud,” and Darnell Hayes, the host of “Black Jeopardy.” While on NBC’s Bring the Funny, Thompson acted as both producer and judge.
On top of all that, he recently served as an executive producer on Nickelodeon’s 2019 All That reboot, as well as an executive producer and star in the NBC comedy series Kenan. He also recently appeared in Season 2 of HBO Max’s That Damn Michael Che as well as Prime Video’s The Kids in the Hall as a guest star.
UTA, Michael Goldman, and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka are all a part of Thompson’s legal team. In collaboration with Hudlin Entertainment, Done+Dusted will produce the Emmy telecast. For more such updates do follow us only on Lee Daily