The Washington Post

Seth Meyers will host the 2014 Emmy Awards this August

Seth Meyers (NBC)

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.

Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers skewers President Obama and others at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner. (The Washington Post)

“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.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
Unconventional warfare with a side of ale
It's in the details: Five ways to enhance your kitchen makeover
Play Videos
Drawing as an act of defiance
A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky
Border collies: A 'mouse trap' for geese on the National Mall
Play Videos
Bao: The signature dish of San Francisco
This man's job is binge-watching for Netflix
What you need to know about Planned Parenthood
Play Videos
How to save and spend money at college
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
Europe's migrant crisis, explained
Next Story
Emily Yahr · April 24, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.