Jimmy Fallon to host Emmys

Ceremony will air Aug. 29 on NBC

Jimmy Fallon has been tapped as the host of the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air Aug. 29 on NBC.

Along with naming Ricky Gervais host of the Golden Globes last week, NBC has locked up the hosts for two of its award-show franchises months in advance -- and in time for the network's upfront presentation to advertisers this month.

"Jimmy 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 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 has Fallon effectively replacing Conan O'Brien, who was the network's host for NBC's previous two Emmy telecasts in 2002 and 2006.

NBC and the TV academy reportedly considered Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and Amy Poehler for the spot.

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."

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