NBC has announced that Late Night's Seth Meyers will host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards this year, which is set to air on Monday, August 25 at 8pm ET/5pm PT. This is the former Saturday Night Live star's first time hosting the Emmys.
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"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," Paul Telegdy, the president of Late Night and Alternative Programming, said in a press release. "Plus, with [executive producer Don Mischer's] vast experience at putting these types of big productions together, we'll be in great hands."
"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards," Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, added. "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."
Meyers joined Saturday Night Live in 2001, eventually becoming head writer and co-anchor of Weekend Update. He departed the sketch comedy show earlier this year to become the new host of Late Night, replacing Jimmy Fallon who took over for Jay Leno at the Tonight Show.
He is already an Emmy Award winner himself, having won for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2011 for Justin Timberlake's SNL monologue. He has also won two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on SNL. The comic was recently named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.
In addition to hosting duties on SNL and Late Night, Meyers has also hosted the ESPY Awards twice and the White House Correspondents Dinner.
It doesn't come as a surprise that NBC would choose Seth Meyers, considering the networks usually pick from within their own talent. Just look at the Emmy hosts in recent years: Neil Patrick Harris in 2009 for CBS, Jimmy Fallon in 2010 for NBC, Jane Lynch in 2011 for FOX, Jimmy Kimmel in 2012 for ABC and Harris again in 2013. Fallon hosted the last time NBC aired the award show, so going with Meyers this time seems fitting.
The Emmy Awards will not only be airing in August this year, but it also lands on a Monday. This is due to NBC airing Sunday Night Football
. And that won't be the only difference this year. Changes to some of the categories are going into effect, including separating the Outstanding Miniseries and Made-for-TV Movie category into two. You can read about all the changes here
Are you excited that Seth Meyers is hosting the 2014 Emmys? Or should NBC have gone with another comedian at the network, like Jimmy Fallon again or someone else?
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