By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Every year, since 1949, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosts the Primetime Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in American primetime television. For this year’s ceremony, NBC recently announced that the Emmy Awards will be hosted by popular Saturday Night Live (SNL) comedian and Late Night talk show host Seth Meyers.
Meyers has been a popular television presence for years, invited to high-profile events like President Barack Obama’s 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, where he made fun of some of the most powerful people in the nation – and they liked it! Then, he took over Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night talk show recently, enjoying positive ratings, since Fallon in turn took over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno. However, Meyers has never been asked to host an awards show, so it will definitely be interesting to see what kind of zany skits, hard-hitting humor, and hilarity he brings to the table.
Despite Meyers’ inexperience with awards show hosting, the network is confident he’ll pull it off with style. NBC Entertainment president of Late Night and Alternative Programming, Paul Telegdy, said, “Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at SNL, as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on SNL and Late Night, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys.”
Well, he’ll definitely have plenty of time to come up with an amazing routine, since the 2014 Emmys won’t be on until August 25!
Featured image courtesy of Late Night with Seth Meyers Facebook. Image of Emmys statuette courtesy of Emmys.