ESPN announced that the 2019 ESPYs ceremony, which will be televised live on ABC on Wednesday, July 10, will be hosted by “Saturday Night Live” alum Tracy Morgan.
“Morgan, who currently stars on the critically acclaimed ‘The Last O.G.,’ will be joined by top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments, and saluting the leading performers and performances,” ESPN said in the announcement.
Morgan quipped: “I am very excited to be hosting the ESPYs. I hope my Uncle Sidney Poitier is there with my biological father Tony Dorsett and my second cousin Herschel Walker. And Bo Jackson I want my two dollars back!”
Morgan received an Emmy nomination for his work on “30 Rock” and is a nine-time NAACP Image Award nominee. He also received an Emmy nomination for his triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live,” where he had previously starred for seven seasons.
Maura Mandt, executive producer of the ESPYs, said in the announcement: “Tracy is effortlessly funny and deeply passionate about sports. He’s a natural choice to host the ESPYs and we’re thrilled to have him. Few people can own a room like Tracy Morgan, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the show.”
The ESPYs helps to raise awareness and funds for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the charity founded by ESPN and the late basketball coach Jim Valvano at the first ESPYs back in 1993.