By: Alyssa Wilson
Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer will be the host of the 73rd Emmy Awards.
The Television Academy and CBS made the announcement Monday, one day before the nominations are set to be revealed. According to Variety, CBS looked within to find a host and Cedric stars and produces in the network’s show The Neighborhood.
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The live ceremony will return to the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles in front of a limited audience of nominees and guests. Emmy nominated producers Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart will serve as the ceremony’s executive producers, while Hamish Hamilton will direct the telecast.
This will be Cedric the Entertainer’s first time hosting the star-studded event. “Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this year’s Emmy awards,” he said. “Throughout the roller-coaster of a year that we have all lived through, television has helped us stay connected as a society like never before. It not only entertained us, but as it always has, it helped to open our eyes, educate us, and hopefully brought about a better understanding of who we are as a people.”
Frank Scherma, the Chairman and CEO of the Academy, said the organization is “thrilled” to have Cedric host the event. “Cedric the Entertainer has been a wonderful friend to the Television Academy and our Foundation, and we are thrilled that he will bring his unique comedic perspective to the Emmy ceremony and telecast that marks our return to celebrating nominees and presenters live and in-person.”
Cedric the Entertainer has four NAACP Image Awards and numerous other accolades, including an AFTRA Award for Excellence. He also served as the season 12 host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.