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Keenan Thompson to host the Emmy Awards on Sept. 12

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Actor-comedian Kenan Thompson appears at the American Museum of Natural History's 2019 Museum Gala on Nov. 21, 2019, in New York.
Actor and comedian Kenan Thompson attends the American Museum of Natural History's 2019 Museum Gala on November 21. Appears in 2019, New York. Photo by Evan Agostini /Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

LOS ANGELES - Veteran 'Saturday Night Live' cast member Keenan Thompson will host next month's Emmy Awards.

“It is incredibly exciting to be a part of this incredible evening that celebrates the greatest television community. That's it," Thompson said in a statement Tuesday.

Thompson has been on NBC's late-night sketch show since 2003, and will be entering his 20th season this fall. His work on "SNL" earned him three Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress, and in 2018 he co-wrote the song "Come Back, Barack" featured on the show. Got a trophy.

He was nominated for the lead role last year in the sitcom "Kenan," which NBC canceled in his May after two seasons.

Thompson was an original cast member of Nickelodeon's children's sketch comedy series 'All That', and in the spin-off 'Kenan and Kel' Kel he co-starred with Mitchell. His film credits include 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' and 'Barbershop 2: Back in Business'.

The Emmy Awards ceremony on September 12th will be broadcast live on NBC at Streaming Brothers' Peacock. Top contenders include the dramas 'Succession' and 'The Squid Game', the comedies 'Ted Lasso', 'The Hux' and 'Only Murders in the Building'.

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