Entertainment TV Cedric the Entertainer to Host 2021 Emmy Awards in Front of Live Audience: 'An Enormous Honor' This year's ceremony will feature a limited in-person live audience of nominees and their guests By Jodi Guglielmi Jodi Guglielmi Instagram Twitter Writer-Reporter, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 12, 2021 02:10 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Cedric the Entertainer is set to host television's biggest night. On Monday, the Television Academy announced that The Neighborhood star, 57, will emcee the 2021 Emmy Awards — marking his first time hosting the awards show. "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," he 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," he added. This year's ceremony will also feature a limited in-person live audience of nominees and their guests, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Emmys to go mostly virtual in 2020. Jimmy Kimmel host last year's ceremony. "Over the past year, television has united us as a community more than ever, bringing vital information and inspiring entertainment to viewers at a critical time in our lives," said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming for CBS. "Now, who better to bring television audiences together to celebrate the industry's top achievements than our very own King of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer." This year's nominations will be announced on Tuesday by the Television Academy. The 73rd Emmy Awards will air live on Sep. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.