NBC has set Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon as the new host of the Golden Globes next year. He is only the third person/team to host the awards show, following Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement at the top of NBC’s TCA executive session this morning.
“This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television, and Jimmy’s playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence that’s made the Golden Globes one of the premier events of the entire broadcast year,” Greenblatt said.
The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards is set to air Sunday, January 8 on NBC live coast-to-coast from the Beverly Hilton.
Golden Globes Timetable: Nominations Set For December 12
“Jimmy Fallon’s brand of comedy will continue the tradition of cutting-edge excitement viewers have come to expect from the host of the Golden Globes,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions, which produces the Globes.
With Gervais back as host following a three-year stint by Fey and Poehler, the 2016 telecast of the Golden Globes averaged a 5.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.5 million viewers overall in live plus same day, down slightly year-over-year.
The 2016 telecast saw an upward trend in digital and social media statistics. On Twitter, beginning three hours before the live show and through 10 minutes after it ended, 4.4 million Golden Globe-related tweets were sent globally, resulting in a total of 1.2 billion views. On Facebook, more than 9 million users globally participated in a total of 19 million interactions on show day which included posts, comments and likes.
Fallon previously hosted the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards for NBC.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.