Seth Meyers will host the Emmy Awards this year, NBC and the Television Academy confirmed Thursday night.
No surprise there, as NBC will air the awards this August, and Meyers was recently installed as the network’s newest late-night host, taking over for “The Tonight Show’s” Jimmy Fallon in the 12:35 a.m. time slot. Network talk-show hosts are frequently the go-to choices. (Except when Neil Patrick Harris hosts, but that’s only because NPH hosts everything.)
Meyers, a “Saturday Night Live” writer/performer since 2001 before making the jump to late night, has never hosted the show before. He’s not a total novice, however: He did host the ESPYs for two straight years. And let’s not forget his performance hosting the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011.
“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,’ [make] him the perfect choice to host the Emmys,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of late-night programming, in the announcement.
The announcement was made on the two-month anniversary of Meyers’s taking over “Late Night” — lately, his show has averaged about 1.6 million viewers, and NBC is obviously hoping he will get a bump from the Emmys gig.
Meyers has also been nominated for multiple writing Emmys for “SNL,” and has won one trophy: the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics prize in 2011, for the comedy show’s “Justin Timberlake Monologue” that he co-wrote with Timberlake.
Veteran producer Don Mischer will helm the Emmys ceremony broadcast, which will be at Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre on Aug. 25 — and yes, that’s a Monday night.