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'Mad Men's Jon Hamm to Host 2013 ESPYs

Annual Awards Show Set for July 17 in LA 4/24/2013 7:47 AM Eastern

Mad Men star Jon Hamm has been tapped to host the 2013 ESPY Awards.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning during Hamm's appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael.

"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," said 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."

The ESPYs are slated to air live July 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. As previously announced, Good Morning America (and former SportsCenter) anchor Robin Roberts will be honored with the Arthur Ashe courage award. For this year's show, the awards will be voted on by the fans.

"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," said Hamm.  "I now have to figure out what cleats to wear with a tuxedo."

 

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