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NBC is looking to one of its own to host the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has been tapped to emcee the 74th annual ceremony, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
Fallon follows Ricky Gervais, who returned last year after three previous stints, and his former Saturday Night Live castmates Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who also hosted three times.
Fallon previously hosted the 2010 Emmy Awards, when the ceremony aired on NBC.
“We’re thrilled to announce Jimmy as host of The 74th Annual Golden Globes,” Greenblatt said in a statement. “This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television, and Jimmy’s playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence that’s made the Golden Globes one of the premier events of the entire broadcast year.”
Added Dick Clark Productions CEO Allen Shapiro: “Jimmy Fallon’s brand of comedy will continue the tradition of cutting-edge excitement viewers have come to expect from the host of the Golden Globes.”
The Golden Globe Awards, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are set to air live on both coasts from the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.
“Jimmy Fallon is an exceptionally talented and dynamic entertainer and we couldn’t be more excited that he’ll be hosting the 2017 Golden Globes,” said HFPA president Lorenzo Soria. “His charm, wit and incredible spontaneity will play exceedingly well both to everyone at the show as well as the millions watching at home from around the world.”
As with the Golden Globes Awards, Fallon has long called NBC home. He spent six seasons on Saturday Night Live, and then hosted Late Night for five years before taking over The Tonight Show in 2014.
The broadcast networks have repeatedly looked to in-house talent to host awards shows. Jimmy Kimmel will host the Emmys in September when the show airs on ABC; James Corden hosted the Tonys on CBS in June; and with no late-night talent to turn to, Fox tapped Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and Saturday Night Live grad Andy Samberg to host the Emmys last year.
Fallon quipped about his upcoming hosting gig Tuesday morning on Twitter shortly after the news broke:
And I’m really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) August 2, 2016
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