Jimmy Fallon has been named host of the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC announced on Tuesday.
“Hosting the Emmys has been a dream of mine ever since they told me I was doing it,” Fallon joked following the announcement.
It will be the first time Fallon has hosted the ceremony, which will air Sunday, August 29 on NBC.
However, it’s not the “Late Night” host’s first awards-fronting gig. He previously hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2001 and the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002. The comedian also has experience on live TV from his days on “Saturday Night Live.”
“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 NBC Universal executive vice president Paul Telegdy. “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.”
Fallon follows in the footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris, who earned rave reviews for his duties as Emmys host in 2009. The previous year, it was a host-by-committee approach with reality TV hosts Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest sharing the honors.
“Jimmy has many talents. He can sing, he can dance, he does impersonations, and he does it gracefully and with ease,” said executive producer Don Mischer. “I think he’ll make a terrific host and we are really looking forward to working with him.”
The nominees for the 62nd annual Primetime Emmys will be revealed on July 8.