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Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is to host the Emmy Awards gala in September. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel just got a prime-time gig: Host of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The star and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live! will host the Emmy Awards ceremony on Sept. 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

"I hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars," Kimmel joked, referring to the comedian who pulled out as host of this year's Oscar ceremony. This is Kimmel's first time hosting the Emmy Awards.

Kimmel's show is in its 10th season on ABC. He previously hosted the American Music Awards and the ESPY Awards and is set to host the White House Correspondents' dinner next month.

Don Mischer, who recently directed and produced the Academy Awards, also will take on the Emmy telecast. This is his 12th time at the helm of the Emmys.

The Emmy Awards, created by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, honour the best in TV.