Jimmy Kimmel on what to expect from virtual Emmys

The late-night host talks about how they will pull off the Emmys on Sunday in the middle of the pandemic.
3:55 | 09/18/20

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We're back now on the road to the emmys. TV's biggest night is this Sunday. It will be like no other we've seen before because of the pandemic. Lara sat down with Jimmy Kim toll talk about how they'll pull this off. Lara, good morning. Whit, it's going to be quite a feat. Kimmel revealing details about the show, how he's feeling about performing for basically an empty arena and what he'll do if the winners overstay their welcome. Although Jimmy Kimmel will be broadcasting from the Emmy stage for a third time, this year he will feel a very noticeable absence. All of the nominees. Are you more nervous this time around or less nervous because as you keep showing in promos what could go wrong? I am nervous -- I'm not nervous about my own performance and the response I will get because I will be getting no response. I've settled on that but I am nervous about the technical end of it because it's not something I know much about. Not something I can control. Reporter: In an unprecedented technical feat each nominee received an individual camera set so they can be live from their own homes. That means nearly 150 cameras streaming in all reliability on a very strong wi-fi signal. Think about just trying to zoom with your grandparents and now imagine that we've got 150 celebrities who haven't made themselves lunch in like 19 years, many of them now trying to connect technically to an award show. Those are the challenges we're facing. Have you guys given any parameters to the nominees in terms of how long they should go on speeches? The difference between people being in the studio and at home is we don't have a band in their living room to play them off the air. You can play. I didn't get that loud. Nobody got that loud music. We know that some people are going to go on and on and on and I don't know what we'll do if they go on too long. I suppose I could just say, oh, we lost them and hit a button and that's the end of it and maybe that's what we'll do. I kind of like that while he hopes the winners won't go on too long he hopes they'll make it a family affair. People will win an Emmy in their house with their hopefully family and maybe their parents and maybe a couple of people that they trust and I think it will be -- well, I hope it will be exciting to see that excitement. That real family excitement because it's one thing when your co-producer is standing next to you clapping or one of your co-stars and another when it's like your 9-year-old daughter. In the staples center it will be just you and the producing team in there or will there be a few other friends and family, maybe a special guest? There will be a few special there will be no friend, no family. We will have a very small group it really is going to be -- I would guess there won't be more than 30 people in the whole staples center so we're doing this -- we're doing this as safely as we possibly can because as we know, there's no one more important than celebrities. He is so funny. As Jimmy said he will have no friend, no family with him to support him in that big lonely arena but special guests, what we now know this morning, he will have the funny Ken Jeong, Jonathan van Ness and Mindy kaling to name a few in tla there with him. We can watch it all happen when the Emmy awards air this Sunday night, 8:00 P.M. Eastern right here on ABC. Guys, I think it's going to be really interesting and really great. That's going to be fun. Absolutely. I like when Jimmy said nobody goes home a loser because they're already home. Good point. Still effective technically a loser.

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