Kenan Thompson of ‘SNL’ to host Sept. 12 Emmy Awards

By Jordan Simon

Fresh off the news that he is slated to receive a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Kenan Thompson can add another addendum to his legacy– Emmy’s host!

It was announced Tuesday that the actor and comedian is slated to host the 74th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 07: Kenan Thompson attends the 47th Annual People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 07, 2021 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images,)

“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 said in a statement. “Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows.”

Thompson is known for his roles on shows such as All That, Kenan & Kel and Saturday Night Live, where he will extend his run as the longest-running current cast member for its 20th season.

“Kenan is well-regarded as one of funniest, likeable and accomplished performers of the last two decades and his tenure on ‘Saturday Night Live’ speaks for itself,” Jen Neal, Executive Vice President of Live Events for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement. “We know he’ll bring an excitement and professionalism to the Emmy Awards that a show of this stature deserves.”

The 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles and will air Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. The ceremony will also stream live for the first time on Peacock.

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