Who can argue with this choice: Actor-writer-comedian Andy Samberg will host the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards when the ceremony airs on Fox this year. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine and former Saturday Night Live star will oversee the proceedings from the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 20.
“The moment the Emmy Awards’ host was brought up, we said it had to be Andy,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “He is fearless, hilarious, an award-winning comedian, singer, writer and actor with incredible live TV experience. We know he’ll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night they will enjoy.”
The Emmy telecast rotates among the Big 4 networks and traditionally the network airing the ceremony selects a personality from their talent ranks to host the show. When the Emmys aired on NBC last year, Samberg’s fellow former SNL co-star Seth Meyers was the host.
Samberg released the following statement. Just try not to hear his voice in your heard as you read this: “Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers! Like, in general you should buckle your seat belts in your car. In fact, even if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should buckle your seat belt. It can be dangerous on the road. Also, if you’re not an Emmy viewer, you should strongly consider becoming one this year, because I’m hosting, and it’s gonna be a wild ride. So buckle your seat belts.”
Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, had this (less entertaining) statement: “It’s wonderfully fitting that we have Andy Samberg, an Emmy Award winner himself, as our host for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Andy has excelled in all aspects of the television universe, both from behind and in front of the camera. His humor, insights and charisma will be an exciting addition to our annual celebration of television’s best and brightest.”
If you’re wondering what project Rosenblum is referring to when he points out that Samberg previously won an Emmy, that would be Samberg co-winning an award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in 2007 for “Dick in a Box.”