Continuing to tread into territory previously occupied by Conan O’Brien, Late Night star Jimmy Fallon was named host of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air Aug. 29, NBC announced Tuesday.
“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 vice president of alternative programming 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.”
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Fallon, 35, effectively steps into shoes formerly worn by O’Brien, 47, given that the redhead – who recently left NBC after losing the Tonight Show – hosted NBC’s two previous Emmy ceremonies, notes the Hollywood Reporter.
As Emmy executive producer Don Mischer tells the trade paper, “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.”