Los Angeles, Sep 20: Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel has been so hands-on with the show that he helped roll out the red carpet.
The talk show host has continued hosting his own late-night show this week and says now that was “a terrible mistake.”
“There's a lot of work to be done,” Kimmel said. “I've been up very late working on this stuff. You have to write every presenter intro. Then the presenters change or the combinations change. What I'm trying to say is this is a real pain.”
He said he's looking forward to seeing what those in the heavily costumed “Game of Thrones” cast look like in real life.
“I'm kind of anxious to see that. I want to see the kid who breast feeds his mother. That's really who I want to meet most of all,” he joked.
Kimmel was joined by the telecast producer Don Mischer at a media preview on Wednesday in front of the Nokia Theatre where the Emmys will be held.
“There will be irreverence and there will be humor—a lot of humor. But underneath it all, I think is a respect for the Emmy and all that. He has a lot to do with how the show is perceived and the different direction that it might take this year over previous years,” Mischer said of Kimmel.
Kimmel's ABC show will move up in January to compete against “The Tonight Show” and the “Late Show With David Letterman.” He said he was working to inject humor into every segment of the show.
“I'm naturally very bossy. So I give my thoughts on every aspect of the show,” he said. “You could focus on yourself and making sure you are funny, and I'm doing that for sure, but I like to bring other people into the mix and make sure they're funny or entertaining or whatever, too.”
The Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on ABC in the US on Sunday night (Sept 23) .