Saturday Night Live veteran Kenan Thompson has been tapped to host the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. In this role, Thompson joins an accomplished slate of stars who have previously hosted the award show. Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Michael Che and Colin Jost have all had their opportunity to host the broadcast. As the longest running member of the Saturday Night Live crew, Thompson has earned his time in the spotlight as well.
Thompson may be hosting the show for the first time, but he is no stranger to the Emmy Awards stage. During his career of more than 25 years, he has picked up six nominations. His lone Emmy Awards win came back in 2018 when he was honored in the “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” category for “Come Back, Barack” with Chance the Rapper.
“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 told Deadline.
“Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows.”
Held in Los Angeles, California on September 12, the prestigious award show is set to air on NBC and Peacock. This year’s slate of nominees will include Donald Glover of Atlanta, Issa Rae of Insecure, Quinta Brunson of Abbott Elementary and Sarah Niles of Ted Lasso among others.