Who will host the Emmys this year? Why NBC’s newest late-night star, of course. Seth Meyers will host the 66th annual awards telecast this fall when it airs on NBC.
“Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on SNL and Late Night, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys,” said Paul Telegdy, president, late night, NBC Entertainment.
In addition, veteran TV producer Don Mischer was announced Thursday as executive producer of the Emmy telecast. Mischer recently produced / directed the 2011-13 Academy Awards shows on ABC. “Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards,” said Bruce Rosenblum, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “We are also excited to welcome Don back this year and very much look forward to their collaboration as we celebrate television’s biggest night during one of the most transformative years in Television Academy history.”
In February, Meyers became the host NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. He previously served as a member of Saturday Night Live since 2001 where he was the show’s head writer as well as co-anchor of the Weekend Update segment. Earlier today, Meyers was named by Time as one of its “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Especially when looking at recent Emmy history, the choice of Meyers seems hardly surprising. Emmy hosts over the past few years have included NBC’s other new late-night host Jimmy Fallon (2010, NBC), along with Jane Lynch (2011, Fox), Jimmy Kimmel (2012, ABC) and Neil Patrick Harris (2013, CBS). NBC’s three-hour Emmys prime-time telecast will air live from the Nokia Theater on Monday, Aug. 25.
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