We’re less than one month into the new year, but already 2017 is one of the most politically charged and confusing times in decades. The unstable climate is being reflected on our TV screens in dramas, comedies and documentaries. So really, who better to host this year’s Emmy Awards than late night political guru Stephen Colbert?
Just announced today, Stephen Colbert will take the stage at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 17 to host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
A nine-time Emmy winner, this year will mark the first time Colbert has transitioned from recipient to host. Colbert is the most recent late night comedian to land a major award show gig, with Jimmy Fallon hosting the Golden Globes earlier this month, Jimmy Kimmel making his Oscars debut in February, and James Corden hosting the Grammy Awards on February 12.
The 69th annual Emmy Awards will air in September, giving Colbert and his team of writers nine months of material thanks to Donald Trump being Donald Trump. Colbert has already kicked off this week’s Emmy announcement with a timely Trump dig, poking fun at the politician’s inauguration attendance, saying “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in-person and around the globe.”
Colbert’s nightly series The Late Show experienced a jump in ratings during Trump’s inauguration week, with viewers looking for a humourous reprieve during a trying time. And if you need a reminder of why you need to be excited, this bit of gold should get you worked up.
Previous Emmy hosts include Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, and last year’s Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel, who will be hosting the Academy Awards for the first time on Sunday, February 26.
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 17.