Cedric the Entertainer to host in-person 2021 Emmys

Cedric the Entertainer is set to host The Emmys, which are going back to basics for the 2021 ceremony. Cedric brings an extensive hosting résumé to the gig, having previously taken on the role for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the Soul Train Awards, and more.

After pivoting to a Zoom/in-person hybrid last fall, the show for TV’s highest honours will once again be bestowed in-person this year, with an old-school host to boot: comedian Cedric the Entertainer, repping for his non-award-contending CBS sitcom The Neighborhood, which is likely to return for its fourth season around the same time as Emmy night, according to VanityFair. 

“Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honour for me to host this year’s Emmy Awards,” Cedric said in a statement. “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. It not only entertained us, but as it always has, it helped to open our eyes, educate us, and hopefully brought about a better understanding of who we are as a people. I can’t wait to take the stage to celebrate all of the great shows and performances that made us laugh, cry, dance and sing over the past year.”

Nominations for the 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Tuesday before the September 19 telecast, which can also be streamed on Paramount+ at 8 p.m. ET.

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