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Jimmy Kimmel To Host the 2012 Emmy Awards

Mar 26, 2012 | 6:51am EDT

Jimmy KimmelJimmy Kimmel has been hosting his ABC talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! for over nine years, and is now branching out to new, exciting and completely different projects. Well, they're still hosting gigs, but they're pretty impressive hosting gigs. It was announced in the fall that Kimmel will be hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner, set to take place at the end of April. Now, Kimmel has also signed on to host the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Kimmel has hosted award shows in the past—his resume includes the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards. But the Emmys is definitely one of his most impressive gigs. Kimmel is known for a down-played snark and sarcastic comic sensibility, in contrast to the more upbeat "bells-and-whistles"-style hosts of recent years, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Jimmy Fallon, and last year's Jane Lynch. Since just about no one can top NPH in energetic hosting, it might be refreshing to see a new take on the hosting job in the form of Kimmel's sardonic delivery.

Reaffirming that very style of humor, Kimmel recently joked, "I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars." Kimmel's late night show offered a memorable, star-studded movie parody video on the night of the Academy Awards.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, Sept. 23 on ABC. The White House Correspondents' Dinner will air on Saturday, Apr. 28 on C-SPAN.

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