Matthew Perry of Friends fame will host ESPN's 13th annual ESPY Awards. According to Maura Mandt, senior coordinating producer of the show, the former Friends star--who played competitive tennis during his youth and remains an avid sports fan--is the most enthusiastic host in the history of the event.
The ESPYs will tape at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and air on Sunday, July 17. ESPN Radio will announce the nominees on June 24, after which fans may visit the ESPN Web site to vote for their favorite athletes, teams, and sports moments. A portion of the event's proceeds will be donated to the V Foundation, a charity created by ESPN to generate support for and awareness of cancer research.
Since Friends ended its 10-season run in May 2004, Perry has directed and guest-starred in one episode of Scrubs and competed on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown.