Cedric the Entertainer will host the Emmy Awards in September as the ceremony returns to a live telecast.
There will be limited audiences of nominees and guests at the Microsoft Theater for Sept. 19 show, CBS and the TV academy said Monday.
Contenders for the 73rd prime-time Emmys will be announced virtually at 8:30 a.m. PDT Tuesday streaming live on Emmys.com.
“Since I was a little boy huddled up next to my grandmother, television has always been my reliable friend, so it is an enormous honor for me to host this year’s Emmy Awards,” Cedric the Entertainer 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,” said the actor and comedian, who currently stars in the CBS sitcom “The Neighborhood.”
Cedric the Entertainer, 57, has nearly 90 film and television credits.
He has received multiple NAACP Image Awards and shared a Gotham Independent Film Award with the ensemble of “Talk to Me” in 2007.