The 72nd Primetime Emmys Awards will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so get ready for one of the most star-studded Zoom calls of the year. In a letter obtained by Variety, our sister publication, executive producers Reggie Hudlin, Ian Stewart, David Jammy, Guy Carrington, and host Jimmy Kimmel informed the nominees on Tuesday. The ceremony of this year will not be taking place in person.
The letter says that you may have probably guessed that we are not going to ask you to come to the Microsoft Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on September 20. However, this year is still be going to be the biggest night out of the TV industry they will be coming to us, the letter added.
Primetime Emmys to be held virtually this year
The EPs went on to tease the ceremony that is more entertaining, more relaxed, more enjoyable not only for us, but for the millions watching the show at home, adding that they are going to do it in a way that is most appropriate to the moment.
Some specific details about the procedure of how the ceremony will progress, are yet to come. In the meantime, the nominees are assured by EP that they are assembling a top-notch team of technicians, producers, and writers to work closely with Jimmy Kimmel and with us to bring the virtual ceremony to fruition.
The decision to let go of an in-person ceremony comes as a little surprise, given how many live events have been impacted by this pandemic. The Daytime Emmy Awards, which was held in June, also went virtual and was held online, and the same was with BET Awards. MTV, meanwhile, is looking forward to a live ceremony for its upcoming Video Music Awards.