NBC and the TV academy announced on April 26 that “Saturday Night Live” cast members Michael Che and Colin Jost will host this year’s Emmy Awards on Monday, September 17 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The two anchor the Weekend Update segment of the late-night sketch show and are the head writers to boot. Their boss, “SNL” producer Lorne Michaels, is overseeing this 70th annual edition of TV’s top honors. What do you think of these two being tapped to emcee the Emmys? Sound off in the comments section.
In making the announcement, NBC chair Robert Greenblatt said, “with Colin and Michael in the driver’s seat as hosts, along with surprise appearances by other cast members of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time.” NBC exec Paul Telegdy, who is charge of alternative and reality programming, declared, “We’re proud of our deep comedy roster at NBC, and Michael and Colin, along with the return of king of comedy producer Lorne Michaels, will make this the must-see comedy event of the year.”
Added academy chair and CEO Hayma Washington, “We are elated that Colin Jost and Michael Che will bring their hilarious collective talents to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards. They have an amazing onscreen rapport and we are delighted to begin working with them along with the entire NBC team.”
Michaels produced the 1988 Emmys, which were hosted by “Dynasty” leading man John Forsyth. While much has changed in the TV business since then, Michaels has been a constant at “SNL.” Expect him to include many of the recurring characters that have made the show a sensation once more.
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