The Best Emmys Hosts of All Time

We're looking back at the stars who've aced the job

01 of 06

Neil Patrick Harris

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In one of his first major hosting gigs, Harris brought down the house in 2009.

But was anyone really surprised? Between his uncanny sense of humor and musical talent, Harris had all the ingredients necessary to make a successful host. (And his "Put Down the Remote" opening bit remains one of the ceremony's most popular.)

After proving himself as a worthy emcee, he went on to host the Emmys again in 2013.

02 of 06

Jane Lynch

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If anyone had any doubts about Lynch's hosting abilities in 2011, they were quickly put to rest after her opening number. Lynch sang (well, lip-sync'd) her way through the bit that imagined all of TV living in one apartment building together.

From there, she kept the energy up with one-liners and filmed segments.

03 of 06

Jimmy Fallon

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As the newly named host of Late Night in 2010, Fallon brought his signature charm, humor, enthusiam and musicality to the gig.

His most memorable bits included a Glee-inspired opening number and an A-list singalong to Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."

04 of 06

Jimmy Kimmel

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After falling a bit flat as host in 2012, Kimmel redeemed himself when he was asked back in 2016.

He kicked off the ceremony with a hilarious opening bit filled to the brim with celebrity cameos — including the suprisingly hilarious appearance of Jeb Bush as a limo driver.

But perhaps his peak came when his longtime rival Matt Damon roasted him on stage for losing to John Oliver in the talk show category.

05 of 06

Seth Meyers

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While some had their doubts as to whether the comedian had the chops to handle the big stage, Meyers did not disapoint.

He used his background as a Saturday Night Live writer and the host of Late Night to create smart and funny jokes that he effortlessly delivered throughout the ceremony.

06 of 06

Ellen DeGeneres

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It's no surprise DeGeneres would find herself among the top Emmys hosts — she's led the ceremony three times!

But perhaps her best turn came in 2001, when she was asked to host the ceremony after it had been twice postponed, first due to 9/11, then because of the start of the war in Afghanistan. DeGeneres rose to the occassion and found the perfect balance between playful humor and defiance.

"What would upset the Taliban more than a gay woman wearing a suit in front of a room full of Jews?" she quipped during the ceremony.

She managed to make viewers laugh during a time when it seemed nearly impossible.

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