Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards on CBS

Broadcast’s late-night hosts might have strictly cornered a marketplace on endowment uncover gigs.


CBS has tapped Stephen Colbert to speaker a 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, imprinting during slightest a fourth marquee acclamation to be hosted by a late-night celebrity this year. He’ll follow Jimmy Fallon (The Golden Globes), Jimmy Kimmel (The Academy Awards) and network neighbor James Corden (The Grammys) in what will surprisingly be a maestro comic’s initial time hosting a live awards telecast. (That’s incompatible a particularly resigned Kennedy Center Honors.)

The network also used a comparatively early horde acknowledgment to set a a 2017 date for a Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ biggest night. The Emmys will fasten live, again from a Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, during 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 17. This means a uncover will again go head-to-head with Sunday Night Football and offer as a unaccepted launch of a promote TV season.

“This will be a largest assembly to declare an Emmys, period,” Colbert pronounced in a Monday statement, clearly derisive the weekend’s fake claims about coronation assemblage from new White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “Both in authority and around a globe.”

Colbert’s Emmy gig is a latest of many platforms CBS has given a Late Show host given his 2015 attainment during a network after years of operative for Comedy Central. When CBS had a revolving Super Bowl telecast rights in 2016, they gave a post-show time container to Colbert. And via a 2016 election, a network gave his array several highly-publicized live outings —  including one on wire sister Showtime.

Putting so most appetite on Colbert has paid off. Though his telecast is still No. 2 to Fallon’s The Tonight Show among adults 18-49, he has posted clever gains with his politically-focused outings. This past week, he won 4 of 5 nights among households. 

“We’re vehement to flog off a new deteriorate and applaud a tip achievements in radio with Stephen Colbert as horde of a Primetime Emmys,” pronounced CBS Entertainment EVP of specials, song and live events Jack Sussman. “Stephen is a ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning artistic talents, and as we’ve seen a past few months, he has a intrepid passion for live television. We demeanour brazen to honoring television’s best while interesting audiences with a artistic appetite and pointy comedy of Stephen Colbert.”

The Emmys are not a ratings powerhouse like a Oscars or a Globes, sinking to a low 11.3 million viewers on ABC this past year, though a uncover stays a profitable height for whatever network gets a rotating telecast any year. The Emmys have also prolonged been a height for network’s to block inner talent — see CBS’ 2014 choice, How we Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris — whereas that trend is decidedly new for other awards shows.

Though he’s never hosted, Colbert is no foreigner to a Emmys. He has taken home 9 Emmy statuettes for essay (The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) and superb accumulation array (The Colbert Report). His Late Show, howeverwas famously snubbed in a initial year of eligibility.

“We are anxious that Stephen Colbert will be bringing his Emmy-winning comedic talent to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” pronounced newly-minted TV Academy authority and CEO Hayma Washington, who will be overseeing his initial Emmys. “He’s a challenging showman and we are gay to start operative with him and a whole CBS team.”

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