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Jimmy Kimmel to host Emmy Awards for first time

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(CBS/AP) And the new primetime Emmy Awards host is ... Jimmy Kimmel.

The funnyman will emcee the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

"I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars," Kimmel joked, referring to the comic actor who pulled out as host of this year's Academy Awards.

This is Kimmel's first time hosting the Emmys. He previously hosted the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards and is set to host the White House Correspondents' dinner next month.

"We love television and look forward to working with the television academy and ABC in creating a show that is fast-paced, humorous, unpredictable, and at times irreverent, but clearly celebratory of our incredible industry," said Emmys director/producer Don Mischer.

The Emmy Awards, put on by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, honor the best in TV.

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