Jimmy Kimmel did a great job hosting the Emmy Awards last September, now let’s see how Late Show host Stephen Colbert does when he gets his chance to helm the event later this year. CBS made the announcement today:
CBS and the Television Academy today announced that Emmy® Award winner Stephen Colbert, the multi-talented host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, marking his first time as master of ceremonies for the event. The Emmy Awards will be broadcast LIVE from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 (8:00-11:00PM, live ET/5:00-8:00PM live PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“We’re excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys,” said Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. “Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we’ve seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert.”
“We are thrilled that Stephen Colbert will be bringing his Emmy-winning comedic talent to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Television Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington. “He’s a formidable showman and we are delighted to begin working with him and the entire CBS team.”
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” said Stephen Colbert. “Both in person and around the globe.” (HA HA HA).
Colbert is no stranger to live TV, including the recent Showtime special, Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This Sh*t?” on Showtime.