It’s been a crazy year for Seth Meyers as he’s gone from co-host of the Weekend Update at Saturday Night Live to host of Late Night on NBC and he now has another massive accomplishment to add to his resume. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Meyers has been tabbed to host the Primetime Emmy Awards the August, the first time he’ll be hosting a major awards show in Hollywood.
Peacock execs likely concluded that Meyers would get more of a boost from the Emmycast showcase than Fallon, who has been on a strong ratings roll since he took the helm of “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno in February.
Jimmy Fallon was in the running to host, but Meyers was ultimately the choice that NBC decided upon and rightfully so. Not only will this boost Meyers’ credibility at NBC but it’s going to give Late Night a nice boost in it’s already high ratings.
Last year saw Neil Patrick Harris host the show to much critical praise, so the bar has been set high for Meyers. But he has experience in hosting awards shows as he’s hosted ESPN’s version of the Emmys in The ESPYs, and while they are two entirely different animals, Meyers seems well equipped for the job.