10/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night Of Stars: ABC Gives Host Pre-Emmys Special

In the latest sign of its commitment to building Jimmy Kimmel into a franchise, ABC will air another primetime special from the late-night host, this time on Emmy Awards night.

The network will air Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night of Stars Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. on both coasts, leading into the Primetime Emmys.

ABC has aired Kimmel primetime specials around big events ranging from award shows to the National Basketball Association Finals. And on two of those specials, Kimmel's show received a new level of buzz, thanks to comedic taped pieces that exploded on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet.

The first of these featured ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon in a fictional affair, followed by a Kimmel-Ben Affleck video spoof of a similar nature. (The video is nominated for two Emmys and Silverman's role for one.)

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