Jimmy Fallon to host Emmys
Along with choosing Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes last week,
NBC has locked up the hosts for two of its major award show franchises
months in advance -- and in time for the network's upfront presentation
to advertisers later this month.
was the natural choice as one of the most promising and likable young
entertainers who will now have the chance to display his many talents on
television's biggest night," said Paul
Telegdy, executive vp of alternative at NBC. "His proven skills as a
comedian and host -- as well as his openness to new ideas -- will fully
engage audiences and ultimately deliver a lively Emmy telecast."
The move keeps the Emmy host in the NBC family, and is a
less radioactive choice than NBC's other late-night host, Jay
Leno, whose "Tonight Show" draws more viewers than Fallon's "Late Night" but has taken considerable knocks in the press in the wake of the short-lived "The Jay Leno Show."
Fallon also effectively replaces Conan O'Brien, who was the network's host
for two of NBC's previous Emmy telecasts.
Added executive producer Don Mischer: "Jimmy has many talents. He can sing, he can dance, he does
impersonations, and he does it gracefully and with ease. I think he'll make a terrific host and we are
really looking forward to working with him."
The Awards will air Aug. 29.
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