“Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon has been tapped to host the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards which will air live on NBC, August 29 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
Reportedly, Fallon won out over fellow “SNL”-alum Amy Poehler, who also stars on an NBC series, “Parks and Recreation.” It was also rumored that Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake were in the running, thanks to their “SNL” success.
This will be Fallon’s fourth big hosting gig. The 35-year-old comedian, also hosted the 2001 and 2005 MTV Movie Awards and the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Hosting the Emmys has been a dream of mine ever since they told me I was doing it,” Fallon joked Monday after top executives from NBC and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made the Emmy announcement.
John Shaffner, the chairman and chief executive of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said Fallon “is a bright, insightful and energetic entertainer who made his name performing on live television, and we welcome him to host our annual celebration of great television as the show returns to broadcasting live coast to coast.”
Emmy nominations will be announced July 8.
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