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LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Kimmel is dusting off the tuxedo he wore to host the Oscars to once again host the Primetime Emmys Awards.

The virtual show will take on a whole new look.

But with so many variables, including live cameras all over town, all over the country, and all over the world, there could be glitches.

That doesn't faze Kimmel one bit.

"I do secretly like it. I do enjoy the potential for disaster. Not as much as I enjoy an actual disaster!" laughed Kimmel.

On Emmy Sunday, Kimmel will have some company at Staples Center - sort of.

"Let's just say there will be other human beings in the area. I'm not sure how close I will be to them. I know I'm not allowed to touch anybody, which is disappointing, but we're trying to play it safe and we're going through ridiculous extremes to keep it as safe as possible," said Kimmel.

Kimmel says, yes, we can expect more than a few pandemic-related jokes.

"I mean, you can't get around the fact that suddenly the Emmys have turned into a Zoom meeting!" said Kimmel.

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Kimmel has his own take on how this just might be a night of "don't miss" television.

"This is me looking at the bright side, OK? So, take this with a grain of salt. A lot of people complain that these awards show are the same. It's always the same thing. And it's true - it is basically the same thing. This is not going to be the same. It's definitely going to be different."

That includes camera kits going into the homes of nominees to create something different, and altogether unexpected.

"To see the nominees surrounded by their families when they win an Emmy, I think that is kind of... it's more fun than seeing them surrounded by their producers," said Kimmel.

And if they're not there to accept, sorry, no pre-recorded speeches allowed.

"We decided immediately that that is no fun for anybody and you know what? If they win and they can't be on live, then I will accept the Emmy for them and my son will throw it on the ground and smash it," said Kimmel.

After Sunday's awards, Kimmel is back to late night on Monday, Sept. 21, after a nice summer break. And things on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" will be different, for now.

"We're not going to have an audience. We're going to have to figure out - I think it's too weird for me to stand on the stage and do a monologue the same way I did when there were 200 people there listening to me. So it will be a more intimate show but we will be doing it from our studio," said Kimmel. "So I will actually have to shower in the day and drive some place. But I'm looking forward to that. I'm ready to get out of the house."

Tune in to On The Red Carpet at the Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 20, (check local listings) and watch the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards at 8 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. CT | 5 p.m. PT on ABC.

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Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Times 100 Most Influential People list

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: US coronavirus deaths hit 200,000 | Ginsburg's death puts future of ObamaCare at risk | Federal panel delays vote on initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution White House seeks to change subject from 200K COVID-19 deaths Putin calls on UN to strengthen World Health Organization MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement were included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020 released Wednesday.

The director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was honored in a biography written by late-night host Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelKimmel-hosted Emmy Awards attract all-time low 6.1M viewers: 'Well, we set a record' Bubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE, who praised Fauci's leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When COVID-19 reared its ugly head, he was among the first to step forward with facts and only facts,” Kimmel wrote. “Dr. Fauci doesn’t sugarcoat his words and refuses to be pressured by politicians. He delivers the truth, as difficult as it may be to hear, earnestly and with one goal: to save lives. His courage and candor have earned our trust. We are all fortunate to have a man of his wisdom, experience and integrity to help us navigate these difficult waters.” 

In a video with Time, Fauci said the pandemic has evolved in an “extraordinarily divisive time, one that is highly politically charged.”

“The people who disagree, you become the symbol for hate and venom,” the immunologist said. “On the other hand, the amount of support that I’ve gotten is unbelievable. The people are craving clarity, honesty, courage, to stick up for what’s right. And it isn’t me. It’s what I’m symbolizing.”

Also included on the list were the founders of Black Lives Matter — Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi.

The women were honored by the mother of Trayvon Martin, the black unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by then-neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012.

Sybrina Fulton wrote that she first heard about the Black Lives Matter movement shortly after her son was killed, saying the initiative made her feel “supported and encouraged.”

“There are only three of them, but they are everywhere,” Fulton, has qualified to run for office in Florida, wrote. “They are getting people to think: What if you had a 17-year-old son in a hoodie, and no weapon, just a candy and a drink, and now he’s dead on the ground? What if your daughter was sleeping in her own bed and the police knocked down the door and killed her? How would you feel? That is what ‘Black Lives Matter’ asks.”

After months of protests against racial inequality and police brutality following the May death of George Floyd, Fulton wrote that “this year feels different.”

“This is about human lives. We want people to support us, stand with us, write a letter, speak to your local officials, join a rally. Do something. Make sure people are hearing your voice saying, ‘Black lives matter.’ We can’t give up. Patrisse, Alicia and Opal won’t,” Fulton concluded.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE, Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE and the former vice president's running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisButtigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice First presidential debate to cover coronavirus, Supreme Court Harris joins women's voter mobilization event also featuring Pelosi, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda MORE (D-Calif.), were also included on the list.

Brian Bennet, Time’s senior White House correspondent, described Trump’s “norm-shattering presidency,” writing that Trump has shown he is willing to “repeatedly slam through the guardrails can bend the government, often to serve his personal political interests.”

“Trump’s calculations have had real-world consequences. He’s stripped away environmental regulations, even as the changing climate brings widespread fires and more powerful hurricanes,” Bennett added. “He downplayed the severity of COVID-19 early on, refused for months to wear a mask and pressured government scientists to change their recommendations, as the virus spread to eventually kill more than 200,000 Americans. He’s ignored calls for a national reckoning with structural racism and fanned the flames of racial unrest, sending federal agents to confront protesters and selling himself as the ‘law and order’ candidate.”

On Election Day, Bennett said voters will decide “whether Trump’s use of power will be a cautionary tale or a preview of more to come.”

Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnAzar to testify before House coronavirus subcommittee Attacks against the police are organized and violent Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race MORE (D-S.C.) meanwhile, wrote that Biden is "honest, compassionate and empathetic—but most of all, he is a public servant.” 

“Like most Americans, Joe Biden knows hardship; he knows disappointment; he knows sacrifice and moments of contentment. It’s one thing to run to lead a country at its high point, but I believe it speaks volumes to Joe’s character that he will fight to lead us through these unprecedented challenges,” Clyburn said.

And Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' Pressley applauded on House floor after moving speech on living with alopecia San Francisco considers changing local voting age to 16 MORE (D-Mass.) praised Harris as a “trailblazer” who’s nomination to the Democratic ticket “is the realization of a dream that so many have struggled for so long to make possible.”

“Kamala every day embodies the beliefs and expectations of little girls and young women who see themselves in her. We speak of our elders and we say, ‘We are, because of them,’” Pressley wrote. “Years from now, a generation of young people will look at Kamala and say, ‘We are, because of her.’”

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