WGA Awards: Roy Wood Jr. to Host New York Ceremony

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Jimmy Fallon, Ellie Kemper, Mj Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub and Kenan Thompson will present at the ceremony.

The Writers Guild of America, East announced on Thursday that Roy Wood Jr. will host the 71st annual Writers Guild Awards New York ceremony.

"Writers are the red blood cells of film and television," said Wood, Jr. in a statement. "And there's no greater reward than the respect of your peers. I am honored to host what will surely be the final WGA Awards before the studios attempt to replace all writers with some sort of Siri/Alexa algorithm shit."

Wood Jr. is best known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show. The comedian's second one-hour stand-up special, Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You, will premiere on Comedy Central on Jan. 25.

In addition to revealing Wood Jr. as the host, the Writers Guild of America announced that Jimmy Fallon, Ellie Kemper, Mj Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub and Kenan Thompson will present at the New York ceremony.

James Schamus will present Black List founder Franklin Leonard with the Evelyn F. Burkey Award for bringing honor and dignity to writers.

Julianna Margulies will present Homicide: Life on the Street and Oz creator Tom Fontana with the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

Meanwhile, Splinter News' Hamilton Nolan will present WGA East staff member Randall Jansta with the Richard B. Jablow Award for Devoted Service to the Guild during the ceremony.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, video games, news, radio, promotional and graphic animation categories from the year.

The Writers Guild Awards will take place on Feb. 17 with simultaneous ceremonies in New York and L.A.