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Cedric The Entertainer announces he's hosting 2021 Emmy Awards

Cedric The Entertainer will be the host of the 73rd Emmy Awards, which will air on September 19.

Cedric the Entertainer to Host 2021 Emmy Awards for CBS With Limited, In-Person Audience

Cedric “The Entertainer,” will be hosting an in-person Emmys, which will feature a “limited audience” of nominees and their guests at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater. In a statement, which only uses the word “entertained” once, Cedric remarked that “throughout the roller-coaster of a year that we have all lived through, television has helped us stay connected as a society like never before.”

This will be the first time "Kings of Comedy" hosting the Emmys but has previously hosted the American Music Awards, the Critics’ Choice Television Awards, NAACP Image Awards, the Soul Train Awards, and the TV Land Awards.

Cedric the Entertainer’s other hosting credits include the syndicated version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Cedric’s Barber Battle,” “ComicView,” the game show “It’s Worth What?” and an episode of “WWE Raw.” His previous awards show hosting gigs include the Soul Train Awards.

Besides “The Neighborhood,” the comedian’s TV credits include “Power,” “The Last O.G.,” “The Soul Man,” “Cedric the Entertainer Presents,” “The Proud Family” and “The Steve Harvey Show.” In film, he’s been seen in “Barbershop” and its sequel; “Johnson Family Vacation,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” “Be Cool,” “Man of the House,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and as the voice of Maurice in “Madagascar” and its sequels. He recently played legendary civil rights activist and leader Ralph Abernathy in the film “Son of the South” and appeared in “The Opening Act,” about a group of comedians trying to break through in the stand-up comedy world.

Cedric the Entertainer was also one of the Kings of Comedy headliners, along with Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley and Bernie Mac. Spike Lee later turned their tour into the comedy concert film “The Original Kings of Comedy.”

“Cedric the Entertainer has been a wonderful friend to the Television Academy and our Foundation, and we are thrilled that he will bring his unique comedic perspective to the Emmy ceremony and telecast that marks our return to celebrating nominees and presenters live and in-person,” said Frank Scherma, Chairman and CEO of the Academy.


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