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John Cena to host ESPYS 2016

Charlotte McKinney poses with John Cena and Gerard

Charlotte McKinney poses with John Cena and Gerard Butler at the driver's meeting prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Photo Credit: Getty Images/ Sean Gardner

Actor and pro wrestler John Cena will host the ESPYS on July 13 on ABC, WWE and ESPN announced Thursday.

“It is truly an honor to be named host of the 2016 ESPYS,” Cena said in a news release. “Not only will the biggest names in sports and entertainment come together to recognize some of the most spectacular athletic performances of the year, but we’ll also raise funds for The V Foundation to further much-needed cancer research.”

Said executive producer Maura Mandt, “John is not only a superstar athlete and entertainer, but also a motivational force who inspires fans across the globe. John approaches all of his endeavors with energy, enthusiasm and passion so we expect him to bring a new level of excitement to the night’s celebration.”

Cena has nearly eight million Twitter followers and more than 41 million Facebook friends. But this year’s show is unlikely to generate the interest - and ratings - of last summer’s edition, which featured Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

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