In a statement released Tuesday, Thompson said, “Being a part of this great evening where we honor the best of the television world is tremendously exciting, and to do it on NBC my longstanding network family makes it even more special.”
This fall, Thompson will return for his 20th season with the late-night sketch show on NBC. He has had three nominations for the Emmy’s supporting actor category for his work on “SNL,” and he won the award for co-writing the lyrics to the song “Come Back, Barack” in 2018.
Last year, NBC canceled his sitcom “Kenan,” for which he received a lead actor nomination.
Thompson was an original cast member of Nickelodeon’s children’s sketch comedy series “All That” and starred with Kel Mitchell on the spinoff “Kenan and Kel.” His film credits include “Clifford the Big Red Dog” and “Barbershop 2: Back in Business.”
The Sept. 12 Emmy ceremony will air live on NBC and be carried on its streaming sibling Peacock. Top nominees include the dramas “Succession” and “Squid Game” and comedies “Ted Lasso,” “Hacks” and “Only Murders in the Building.”