“We know Jimmy Kimmel will deliver a unique and fun, funny and emotional Primetime Emmys show,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, in a press release. “He is a true master of ceremony who reveres this area and its people; and, as Jimmy has done with his own show over the last few months, he will tackle this important event with heart and humor, and to bring a part of the joy and optimism of our colleagues from the television and the viewers at home.” I definitely agree that his look is “very necessary”, especially compared to some of the woes of the 2019 ceremony.
Kimmel himself had a more pointed, even existential comment on his own hosting duties:
I don’t know where we’re going to do this or how we do it, or even why we do it but we do and I am home.
You know… he brings a fair point! Was there even a season of tv over the course of a global pandemic? Is it safe to produce such a spectacle in the form of a price discount? Is this a piece of distracting pablum for the masses when there are much bigger fish to fry? These are questions that nobody seems to know how to respond to just still. But I would say that Kimmel is “at home” versions of his program have continued to attract and to keep me sane and mobilized for the daily of the struggles to come. If its functions of hosting a Emmys to show that it does not know how they can do the same, Godspeed.
The 2020 Emmys will be broadcast September 20, 2020 on ABC. For more Kimmel shenanigans, check out Tom Holland‘s delightful appearance.