How will the virtual Emmys go? See exclusive photos of Jimmy Kimmel’s prep at Staples Center

 Emmy Host Jimmy Kimmel relaxes on the Emmy Awards stage.
Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel relaxes for a minute during rehearsals for the 72nd Emmy Awards prior to the Sunday telecast.
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Because of COVID-19, 2020 marks the first virtual Emmy Awards in its 72-year history. We take you inside Staples Center for an exclusive look at preparations underway for the unprecedented show on Sunday night.

Steadicam operator Tore Livia and camera utility Danny Lorenze work with stage managers at Staples Center.
Steadicam operator Tore Livia, left, and camera utility Danny Lorenze work with stage managers at center stage during rehearsals for the Emmys.
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The floor of Staples Center is converted to an elevated stage.
The floor of Staples Center is converted to an elevated stage in the round to maintain enough space for social distancing.
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Stand-in actor Dana Kenerson maneuvers Isabella the alpaca as she is brought in during rehearsals.
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Host Jimmy Kimmel, center, works with his writers backstage during rehearsals at Staples Center.
Host Jimmy Kimmel, center, works with his writers backstage during rehearsals at Staples Center.
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The Emmy hand sanitizer dispenser onstage during rehearsals.
An onstage Emmy hand sanitizer dispenser is at the ready.
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Monitors surround steadicam operator Tore Livia and stage manager Gary Natoli.
Monitors surround steadicam operator Tore Livia and stage manager Gary Natoli on center stage.
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D-Nice, known as Derrick Jones, a DJ, rapper and producer, sets up onstage during rehearsals.
D-Nice, known as Derrick Jones, a DJ, rapper and producer, left, sets up onstage during rehearsals.
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Jimmy Kimmel listens to Emmys show director Hamish Hamilton during rehearsals.
Jimmy Kimmel takes instruction from Emmys show director Hamish Hamilton.
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Special Emmy winner envelopes used for rehearsal only.
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Stage manager Gary Natoli stands center stage. A screen at right pictures Issa Rae.
Steadicam operator Tore Livia and camera utility Danny Lorenze, right, work with stage manager Gary Natoli at center stage. Actress-writer-producer Issa Rae is seen on the screen at right.
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 Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel backstage during rehearsals Friday.
Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel waits backstage during rehearsals.
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Giant monitors are at the nerve center of production on the floor of Staples Center.
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Steadicam operator Tori Livia prepares his camera during rehearsals.
Steadicam operator Tori Livia prepares his camera.
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Stage manager Lynn Finkel takes a selfie with Isabella the alpaca.
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