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'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm will host the ESPYS
The ESPYS, ESPN's annual celebration of sports, have landed St. Louis sports fan Jon Hamm to host this year's telecast.
The "Mad Men" star will host the live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 17.
"The ESPYS is designed to showcase the year’s best sports moments in a sharp, fun and entertaining manner and Jon’s the perfect host for this year’s show. His appearances on shows like '30 Rock' and 'SNL' show that humor and creativity are two of his main strengths," blurbs Maura Mandt, the show’s executive producer. "The combination of Jon’s dry wit with his passion for sports will give fans a unique and original view of the year in sports."
Adds Hamm, "I’m very excited to be hosting the ESPYS. As a longtime sports fan and a marginally successful high school athlete I feel my skill-set jibes well with a host’s duties. I now have to figure out what cleats to wear with a tuxedo."
ESPN wants you to know that Hamm played in the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Games in 2009 (St. Louis) and in 2012 (Kansas City).