Comedian Kenan Thompson will host the 74th Emmy Awards, officials announced Tuesday.
"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 said in a statement released by the network and the Television Academy. "Like all TV fans, I can't wait to see the stars from my favorite shows."
Longtime "Saturday Night Live" cast member is kicking off his 20th seasonat the show, making him the longest-running series regular.
Thompson began his television career on Nickelodeon 's "All That"then joined castmate Kel Mitchell in "Kenan and Kel."
He is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.
The 74th Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 12 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
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