Alec Baldwin's Emmy-Hosting Advice to Colin Jost and Michael Che: "Keep It Moving"
The nominated actor ('Saturday Night Live') said "pace" is key to hosting the Emmys.
Alec Baldwin is set to take the stage at next week's Emmy Awards, but unlike his Saturday Night Live cohorts Michael Che and Colin Jost, he won't be tasked with guiding the Microsoft Theater audience or viewers at home through the entire three-hour show.
Instead, Baldwin — who is nominated for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series — will just serve as a presenter, whereas the "Weekend Update" anchors are expected to elicit both laughs and ratings. The latter will prove to be a challenge, as the Oscars, Grammys, and Golden Globes lost a collective 14 million viewers between them earlier this year.
"Awards shows now seem to be struggling," Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter at the Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day fundraiser in New York. "The Oscars last year were the worst they've ever been ratings-wise."
The 2017 Oscars were also the longest they've been in over a decade. Baldwin's best advice to Che and Jost? "Keep it moving. Pace," he said. "Jost knows pace; he does the news show, and that's great."
Baldwin added that if the Emmys aren't well-paced, it can make for "a very long evening."
"But I think that they're lucky they got two great guys for that job," he said.
The 70th annual Emmy Awards will be telecast live on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.