Meyers will serve up the laughs as this year's Emmy host.
Seth Meyers has been announced as the host of the 2015 Emmy awards this August. This caps off a great year for Meyers, who recently went from head writer for SNL and host of the show’s recurring Weekend Update segment to hosting his own late night show. Meyers took over NBC’s Late Night from Jimmy Fallon, after Fallon moved on to Tonight in the place of Jay Leno. It was a bit like a game of musical chairs over at NBC, but the white male hosts all managed to come out on top.
Seth Meyers is having a very successful year.
The Television academy confirmed Meyers’ appointment on Thursday, in keeping with the tradition of picking the host from the pool at the network, broadcasting the Emmys – in this case, NBC. The network will air the event, arguably the biggest night in television, on Monday, August 25. This schedule means that the Emmys take place in the last week before the new fall television season begins each year. The Emmy ceremony is typically broadcast on a Sunday, but this year, being broadcast on NBC, the Emmys would interfere with the NFL's “Sunday Night Football,” and so the Emmys are being moved to the next available date.
Meyers is the fourth NBC man to host in recent years.
Meyers is joining a long-standing tradition of NBC hosts to take on the Emmys, following David Letterman (1986), Conan O’Brien (2002) and Jimmy Fallon (2010). Last year saw Neil Patrick Harris, star of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother turn the Emmys into a loud and hilarious musical extravaganza, when the show was broadcast on that network channel, but it’s likely that the more reserved late night host will bank on banter and audience participation for his own hosting gig. The year before, when ABC broadcast the event, that network’s late-night star, Jimmy Kimmel, was the host.