*The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will reportedly be held virtually this year amid coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.
The Television Academy confirmed that producers reached out to some “nominees to inform them of our intent to deliver a live show that is both celebratory and safe.”
“As ABC and the Television Academy continue to formulate plans for the Emmys telecast, producers have taken the proactive step of reaching out to some nominees now to inform them of our intent to deliver a live show that is both celebratory and safe. We look forward to sharing information with you in the weeks ahead, as we solidify our plans for TV’s biggest night,” the statement read, per PEOPLE.
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The show’s producers and host Jimmy Kimmel sent out a letter to nominees asking them to prepare to participate remotely.
“As you’ve probably guessed, we’re not going to be asking you to come to the Microsoft Theatre in downtown LA on September 20th,” the letter began, according to Variety. “This year, it’s still going to be TV industry’s biggest night out… but we’ll come to you!”
“We are assembling a top notch team of technicians, producers and writers to work closely with Jimmy Kimmel and with you and your team, to make sure that we can film with you (and loved ones or whomever else you choose to be with) at your home, or another location of your choice. We’re going to make you look fabulous — we’re exploring the cutting edge technology to allow to use good cameras and lighting and look forward to working with you to produce your unique ‘on screen’ moments,” the letter read.
The announcement comes after the nominations for the 2020 Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday. Of the 102 nominees in the top categories, 35 are Black actors.
Among the nominees this year are Billy Porter, Sterling K. Brown, Zendaya, Anthony Anderson, Don Cheadle, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Jeremy Pope, Octavia Spencer, Kerry Washington, and Maya Rudolph.
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Sept. 20 on ABC.