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Jamie Foxx to host ESPYs  

ESPN Release

Actor and comedian Jamie Foxx will return to host the 12th annual ESPY Awards, it was announced by Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment. ESPN will televise the industry-wide sports celebration in a new Sunday time slot -- Sunday, July 18 at 9 p.m. ET -- from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. The event will be taped four days earlier -- on Wednesday, July 14. Last year's show (televised Wednesday, July 16, 2003) was the first hosted by Foxx, an avid sports fan. The ESPY Awards gather 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.

"I'm excited -- we're going to make lightning strike twice," Foxx said. "I had a great time last year and we're gonna take it up a notch."

Semiao added, "Jamie Foxx brings an extraordinary combination of talent, energy, humor and star appeal. Ultimately, The ESPY Awards are about connecting sports fans everywhere. As one of Hollywood's most celebrated entertainers and sports enthusiasts, Jamie is the perfect host for this event, which highlights the many reasons why we all love sports in a entertaining way."

As part of his hosting duties last year, Foxx performed a memorable musical tribute to ESPY Award attendee/nominee Serena Williams entitled, "Can I Be Your Tennis Ball?"; sang a song saluting ESPY Award attendee/nominee LeBron James; and played "Coach Do Dirty" in a comedy sketch about a coach who brags about breaking the rules. In terms of movies, Foxx will next be seen in the television film Redemption (airing on FX, Sunday, April 11), in which he portrays Stanley Williams, the co-founder of Los Angeles's notorious street gang, The Crips. He recently completed Michael Mann's Collateral opposite Tom Cruise (released this summer) and will star in the romantic comedy Breakin' All the Rules with Gabrielle Union, opening April 30. Foxx begins work next on the feature film Stealth, which shoots in Australia and Thailand this winter. Foxx has starred in a variety of movies, including some sports-themed titles. He portrayed Bundini Brown, corner man for Muhammad Ali, in the movie Ali (2001) and played quarterback Willie Beaman in Any Given Sunday (1999).

On the television side, Foxx hosted the 2003 ESPY Awards and the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. In addition, he created and starred in The Jamie Foxx Show on the WB (1996-2001) and appeared on Fox's In Living Color (1991-94). His HBO special, Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security, was aired in 2002 and Foxx -- a Dallas native -- conducted an interview with NFL star Emmitt Smith for ESPN's 25,000th edition of SportsCenter.

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