Comedian Andy Samberg will host the Primetime Emmys, which will air on FOX on September 20. The announcement came as no surprise to Gold Derby’s readers. Samberg had led our recent poll asking who would be selected as Emmys emcee with 30% of the vote.
“Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers!” said Samberg in a press release. “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.”
The Emmys telecast has rotated between the Big Four networks for years, and the choice of Samberg continues the tradition of a popular personality from the host network being selected for the job. The last time FOX aired the Emmys, in 2011, the gig went to “Glee” scene-stealer Jane Lynch, and before that, the network gave the duties to its “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest in 2007.
Samberg stars in FOX’s police comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Detective Jake Peralta, for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Actor in 2013. Though “Brooklyn” also won Best Comedy Series at those Globes, it was mostly snubbed at last year’s Emmy, save a Comedy Supporting Actor nomination for Andre Braugher and a win for Best Comedy/Variety Stunt Coordination.
But Samberg is nevertheless an Emmy-winner. He earned six Original Music and Lyrics nominations for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” winning with Justin Timberlake in 2007 for their viral song “Dick in a Box.”
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