Jon Hamm to host 2013 ESPYS

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 13: Actor Jon Hamm attends the PaleyFest 2012 honoring of "Mad Men" held at the Saban Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Jason Merritt

Jon Hamm's going to be hamming it up pretty soon as host of the 2013 ESPYS.

During an appearance on "Live with Kelly and Michael" Wednesday morning, the "Mad Men" star announced that he will host this year's sports awards show.

"The ESPYS is designed to showcase the year's best sports moments in a sharp, fun and entertaining manner and Jon's the perfect host for this year's show. His appearances on shows like "30 Rock" and "SNL" show that humor and creativity are two of his main strengths," ESPYS executive producer Maura Mandt said in a statement. "The combination of Jon's dry wit with his passion for sports will give fans a unique and original view of the year in sports."

"I'm very excited to be hosting the ESPYS," said Hamm of his hosting gig, "As a longtime sports fan and a marginally successful high school athlete I feel my skill-set jibes well with a host's duties. I now have to figure out what cleats to wear with a tuxedo."

Hamm joins an impressive line of previous hosts, including Justin Timberlake, Seth Meyers and Samuel L. Jackson. The 2013 ESPYS will air live on ESPN on July 17 at 9 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

This year's Arthur Ashe Courage Award will honor "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, who returned to her hosting duties in February following a nearly six-month leave to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

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