Late Night host Jimmy Fallon as been tapped as the host for the Emmy Awards 2010 broadcast. The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on NBC on Aug. 29. NBC announced Jimmy Fallon would host the awards ceremony on Tuesday.
Fallon, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, joked in a statement that hosting the Emmys “has been a dream of mine ever since they told me I was doing it.”
â€œJimmy 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 televisionâ€™s biggest night,â€ NBC executive vice president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy said in aÂ press statement. â€œHis proven skills as a comedian and host â€” as well as his openness to new ideas â€” will fully engage audiences and ultimately deliver a lively Emmy telecast.â€
“Jimmy has many talents. He can sing, he can dance, he does impersonations, and he does it gracefully and with ease. I think he’ll make a terrific host and we are really looking forward to working with him,” executive producer Don Mischer said.
Nominations for the 2010 Emmy Awards will be announced on Thursday, July 8. The awards show will air from 5 to 8 PM PT on August 29.
NBC confirmed on SundayÂ Jay LenoÂ will be moving back to late night on Feb. 12. The Jay Leno Show has suffered from severely low ratings in its current 10 p.m. slot and NBC is hoping the move back to late night for Jay Leno will bring the comedian’s fans back into the fold.
“I can confirm, starting Feb. 12, The Jay Leno Show will no longer air at 10 p.m.” NBC Chairman Jeff Gaspin said in a press conference on Sunday. “While [Jay Leno] was performing at acceptable levels for the network, it did not meet our affiliates’ needs and we realized we had to make a change.”
The move of Jay Leno back to late night will cause major disruption for NBC’s other late night shows. The network insists, however, they hope to “keep Jay, Conan [O’Brien], and Jimmy [Fallon] as part of our late-night lineup.” Gaspin said he has spoken to all parties involved and “proposed that The Jay Leno Show move to 11:35, The Tonight Show with Conan Oâ€™Brien to 12:05, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon would then start at 1:05.” Gaspin added, however, that “it’s not a done deal yet.” Leno will reportedly be replaced at 10 p.m. with “two hours of scripted, another reality hour and combination of expanded Dateline or repeats.”
Conan O’Brien reportedly has several other networks interested in picking up his late night show if he’s not pleased about being shoved to a later time slot. NBC hinted that O’Brien would not be abandoning the network despite rumors to the contrary. “Conan’s motivation will become more clear as time goes on,” Gaspin said cryptically.
As for Last Call with Carson Daly? Gaspin said NBC wants him to remain a part of the network, but right now there seems to be no place for the show in the new late night shakeup.