Jimmy Kimmel returned to his duties as host of ABC’s late night show where he immediately popped in at his gig which hosted the lowest ranked Emmys to date.
The comedian returned to host “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in the El Capitan Entertainment Center studio for the first time since the pandemic began after announcing in June that he would take off the summer months. A lot of guest hosts filled him in during that time, including Anthony Anderson, Billy Eichner, Sarah Cooper, Lil Rel Howery and David Spade.
Kimel’s return makes him the last of the late-night broadcast network to return to his respective studios. The 52-year-old revealed at the top of his show that his crew is now working under new guidelines to maintain safety and social distance and that he, like his counterparts late at night, is now performing without an audience.
He also took time on the show to mock his own low-performing host at the Emmys the night before. Kimmel presided over the 72nd Emmy Awards on Sunday, which took place virtually and allowed the nominees to simply record from their respective quarantines to accept their awards.
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Unfortunately, the virtual gimmick did not seem to land with the audience. Deadline reports that the show only took in 6.1 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults aged 18-49 in time-adjusted results.
“Well, we set a record, let’s just say that,” Kimmel joked.
Regardless of the rating, Kimmel noted that hosting the show was still “a lot of fun – given the difficult circumstances.”
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Kimmel went on to explain the part of hosting the Emmys during the COVID-19 era that he thought was the strangest.
“The weirdest part of hosting this show was – when it’s over – it’s usually parties – and everyone carries their Emmys around. Everyone is happy, everyone is celebrating. This year, the show ended – and it was like “yes, I guess I’m getting in my car – and driving home,” he said.
He added: “Making an award show – where all the winners are at home – is a strange experience. It was probably the first time in history that someone won an Emmy – and then ten minutes later put a wash in the dryer. ”
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Kimmel has hosted both Emmys and Oscars before.