As the Emmy Awards rotate among the four major broadcast networks each year, each network usually turns to its late-night talk show host or its brightest comedy star to host the ceremonies.
FOX doesn’t offer a late-night talk show, but it does have a comedy star with late-night experience at Saturday Night Live and hosting experience with the MTV Movie Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards — and so it’s Andy Samberg for the win!
Samberg, who stars as Det. Jake Peralta in the already-renewed-for-a-third-season Brooklyn Nine-Nine for FOX, will host the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards live on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.
“It’s wonderfully fitting that we have Andy Samberg, an Emmy Award winner himself, as our host for this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards,” said Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “Andy has excelled in all aspects of the television universe, both from behind and in front of the camera. His humor, insights and charisma will be an exciting addition to our annual celebration of television’s best and brightest.”
“The moment the Emmy Awards’ host was brought up, we said it had to be Andy,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. “He is fearless, hilarious, an award-winning comedian, singer, writer and actor with incredible live TV experience. We know he’ll deliver the laughs and give viewers an incredible night they will enjoy.”
“Buckle your seat belts, Emmy viewers!,” said Samberg. “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.”
Nominations aren’t even coming until July, but FOX is locking down the host early.
Samberg has an Emmy for writing the song “Dick in a Box” for SNL with Justin Timberlake and his mates with The Lonely Island. Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone also have a multi-year development deal with FOX to work on “next-generation” comedy series.
The last times FOX carried the Emmys, it turned to Jane Lynch (Glee) in 2011, and Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) in 2007.