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SNL's Kenan Thompson Will Host the 2022 Emmy Awards

The 74th Emmys will air live on NBC and stream on Peacock.
  • Kenan Thompson (Photo: Jason Smith/Everett Collection)
    Kenan Thompson (Photo: Jason Smith/Everett Collection)

    Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson will host the 2022 Emmy Awards on NBC and Peacock.

    For the first time in three years, the award show will air live from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

    "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. "Like all TV fans, I can't wait to see the stars from my favorite shows."

    In the past, Thompson has hosted the 2021 Kids' Choice Awards, as well as the 47th People's Choice Awards.

    Thompson is also a six-time Emmy Award nominee, earning two nominations last year for lead comedy actor in the now-canceled Kenan, and supporting comedy actor on SNL. In 2018, he won the Emmy for original music and lyrics for the SNL song "Come Back, Barack."

    "Kenan is well-regarded as one of funniest, likeable and accomplished performers of the last two decades and his tenure on Saturday Night Live speaks for itself," said Jen Neal, executive VP of Live Events for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, in a statement. "We know he'll bring an excitement and professionalism to the Emmy Awards that a show of this stature deserves."

    The 74th Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 12 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on NBC, and will also stream live and on demand on Peacock.

    Deena ElGenaidi's writing has been featured in Nylon, MTV News, Insider, The AV Club, and more. You can follow her on Twitter @deenaelg.

    TOPICS: Kenan Thompson, 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Emmys