Posted with permission from International Business Times
Seth Meyers, the new host of NBC’s "Late Night" show, has been tapped to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be shown live on NBC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Aug. 25, the Television Academy announced Thursday night.
Meyers will be following in the footsteps of “Late Night” predecessors Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, who have previously hosted the award show. Although Meyers has never hosted an award show before, his popular presence on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” from 2001 until he took over Fallon’s late night show earlier this year, has reportedly landed him the Emmy gig.
"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, makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys," Paul Telegdy, president of late night and alternative programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.
Television producer Don Mischer, who has been part of events such as the Super Bowl halftime shows, Olympic Games openings and the Academy Awards, is set to executive-produce the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards along with Charlie Haykel and Julianne Hare.
"Seth is such a talented performer and writer, and we know he will bring something unique to hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards," Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said in a statement.
The former "Saturday Night Live" head writer debuted as the host of NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Feb. 24 and was named among Time's 100 Most Influential People list on Thursday.
Actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted last year's Primetime Emmy Awards, when the show aired on CBS.