WWE star John Cena will be the host of the annual ESPY Awards, which will air July 13 on ABC. “Honored and excited to host the 2016 @ESPYS,” Cena wrote on Twitter. “Wednesday, July 13 will be a date to remember, I promise that.”
Cena stated in an interview that he does not intend to taunt the athletes as most hosts do during their monologues. “That’s not the way I do business,” Cena told ABCNews.com. “I appreciate these athletes and I know they are heroes to many people including myself and it’s not like I’m going to go in there trying to be too cool for school and try to be way smarter than the room. I’m going in there as appreciative of the athletes as everyone watching the show. I’m sure you’ll see good times and humor done as good as it can be but most of it will be bouncing off of me.”
Powell’s POV: That’s a really cool gig for Cena, who continues branch out with high profile mainstream appearances. Previous hosts include Joel McHale, Drake, Jon Hamm, Seth Meyers, and Samuel L Jackson. Last year’s show drew 7.7 million viewers when it was broadcast on ABC for the first time. The viewership count appeared to be fueled by Caitlyn Jenner’s appearance.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) May 19, 2016