Emmy Awards 2022: Saturday Night Live vet Kenan Thompson will host

Emmy Awards 2022: Saturday Night Live vet Kenan Thompson has been named as host of the show as he adds he ‘can’t wait’

SNL star Kenan Thompson will host the upcoming 2022 Emmy Awards which airs on NBC on September 12. 

The comedian, 44, is no stranger to television, but this marks the actor’s first time hosting the Emmy’s. ‘I can’t wait,’ he wrote on social media. 

The glamorous award ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live and is set to also live stream on Peacock, reported Deadline. 

Scroll down for a list of nominees… 

New role: Kenan Thompson, 44, will host the 74th Annual Emmy Awards next month in September; pictured in 2021 at People’s Choice Awards  

Kenan released a statement, expressing his gratefulness to be given the opportunity to host the Emmy Awards next month. 

‘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,’ he explained, according to Deadline. 

‘Like all TV fans, I can’t wait to see the stars from my favorite shows,’ the actor added. 

Hosting: The talented comedian has hosted award ceremonies before, such as the 2021 People’s Choice Awards; pictured in 2021 

No stranger to television: The actor is celebrating his 20th anniversary of starring on Saturday Night Live; Kenan pictured with Kim Kardashian on the show last year in 2021 

Several NBC stars are expected to appear at the Emmys including Natalie Zea from La Brea and Jimmy Fallon from The Tonight Show and Password. 

Thompson has previously hosted shows in the past, such as the 2021 People’s Choice Awards and the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards that same year. 

Jen Neal, EVP of Live Events for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, gave his input on having Kenan host the prestigious ceremony, reported the entertainment publication. 

‘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,’ he explained. 

‘We know he’ll bring an excitement and professionalism to the Emmy Awards that a show of this stature deserves.’ 

Talented: Kenan has been nominated for a total of six Emmy awards, winning one in 2018 for Original Music and Lyrics for SNL song, Come Back, Barack; seen at the Emmy’s in 2021

Long career: The actor and comedian began his career on screen by starring in the Nickelodeon sketch-comedy series, All That, in the 1990s; seen on SNL in 2021 

Kenan himself has been nominated for a total of six Emmy awards during the course of his long-standing career in the industry. 

In 2017, he received a nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for co-writing the SNL song, Last Christmas. A year later, he was nominated for the same award for the SNL tune, Come Back, Barack, which he won. 

In 2018, he was also nominated for an Emmy for his supporting role in SNL, and again in 2020. 

In 2021, he received an additional nomination for Outstanding Actor for his role in SNL and a Lead Actor nomination for his character portrayal in the series, Kenan. Following the second season, the show was cancelled. 

Hard-working: Kenan has starred in comedic films over the years, such as Fat Albert and Good Burger 

Statement: The star revealed having the chance to host the Emmy Awards, ‘is ridiculously exciting’; pictured in March of this year in New York City 

The talented star was sprung into the spotlight in the 1990s, starring in the hit Nickelodeon show, All That. 

He is also known for working on successful films such as Fat Albert and Good Burger. Most notably, the actor is celebrating his 20th anniversary of appearing on SNL. 

Shortly before his monumental hosting gig for the Emmy’s in September, Kenan will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 11. 

During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Good Burger actor expressed his thrill to be given a star. 

‘That’s just crazy,’ he stated. ‘Like, I still consider myself just, you know, Kenan from Atlanta.’  

Separation: Kenan officially filed for divorce from his wife, Christina Evangeline, earlier this year in June, but the two still co-parent their two children; pictured in 2019 

Honored: The talented comedian will be honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 11; seen on SNL in April of this year 

Emmy Award nominations 2022: key categories

Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Euphoria  (HBO)

 Ozark (Netflix)

Severance (Apple TV+)

Squid Game (Netflix)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

Succession (HBO)

Yellowjackets (Showtime)


Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary (ABC)

Barry (HBO)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Hacks (HBO)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)

Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

What We Do in the Shadows (FX)


Limited Series

Dopesick (Hulu)

The Dropout (Hulu)

Inventing Anna (Netflix)

Pam and Tommy (Hulu)

The White Lotus (HBO)


Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman (Ozark)

Brian Cox (Succession)

Lee Jung-jae (Squid Game)

Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)

Adam Scott (Severance)

Jeremy Strong (Succession)


Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)

Laura Linney (Ozark)

Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets)

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)

Reese Witherspoon (The Morning Show)

Zendaya (Euphoria)


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover (Atlanta)

Bill Hader (Barry)

Nicholas Hoult (The Great)

Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building)

Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building)

Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary)

Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)

Elle Fanning (The Great)

Issa Rae (Insecure)

Jean Smart (Hacks)


Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Colin Firth (The Staircase)

Andrew Garfield (Under the Banner of Heaven)

Oscar Isaac (Scenes From a Marriage)

Michael Keaton (Dopesick)

Himesh Patel (Station Eleven)

Sebastian Stan (Pam and Tommy)


Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Toni Collette (The Staircase)

Julia Garner (Inventing Anna)

Lily James (Pam and Tommy)

Sarah Paulson (Impeachment: American Crime Story)

Margaret Qualley (Maid)

Amanda Seyfried (The Dropout)

Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Late Night With Seth Meyers (NBC)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)


Competition Program

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls (Amazon Prime Video)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race”(VH1)

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)


Television Movie

Chip ‘n’Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney+)

Ray Donovan: The Movie (Showtime)

Reno 911!: The Hunt For QAnon (Paramount+)

The Survivor (HBO/HBO Max)

Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas (The Roku Channel)


Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Patricia Arquette (Severance)

Julia Garner (Ozark)

Jung Ho-yeon (Squid Game)

Christina Ricci (Yellowjackets)

Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul)

J. Smith-Cameron (Succession)

Sarah Snook (Succession)

Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria)


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nicholas Braun (Succession)

Billy Crudup (The Morning Show)

Kieran Culkin (Succession)

Park Hae-soo (Squid Game)

Matthew Macfadyen (Succession)

John Turturro (Severance)

Christopher Walken (Severance)

Oh Yeong-su (Squid Game)


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)

Janelle James (Abbott Elementary)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Sarah Niles (Ted Lasso)

Sheryl Lee Ralph (Abbott Elementary)

Juno Temple (Ted Lasso)

Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Carrigan (Barry)

Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)

Toheeb Jimoh (Ted Lasso)

Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)

Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Tyler James Williams (Abbott Elementary)

Henry Winkler (Barry)

Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)


Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Connie Britton (The White Lotus)

Jennifer Coolidge (The White Lotus)

Alexandra Daddario (The White Lotus)

Kaitlyn Dever (Dopesick)

Natasha Rothwell (The White Lotus)

Sydney Sweeney (The White Lotus)

Mare Winningham (Dopesick)


Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus)

Jake Lacy (The White Lotus)

Will Poulter (Dopesick)

Seth Rogen (Pam & Tommy)

Peter Sarsgaard (Dopesick)

Michael Stuhlbarg (Dopesick)

Steve Zahn (The White Lotus)


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