NBC’s Saturday Night Live team is taking over the network’s 70th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast later this year. Weekend Update co-anchors and SNL co-head writers , Colin Jost and Michael Che, have been named co-hosts. SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels has been tapped as executive producer of the awards special, which also will feature appearances by other SNL cast members.
With Jost and Che, NBC continues the tradition of tapping its late-night hosts as Emmy emcees. In the past 20 years, NBC’s Primetime Emmy telecasts have been hosted by Conan O’Brien (2002, 2006), Jimmy Fallon (2010) and Seth Meyers (2014). Fallon and Meyers both had previously been Weekend Update co-anchors on SNL.
“NBC is thrilled to be the home of this year’s Emmy Awards and 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,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.
Michaels previously executive produced the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards some 30 years ago, in 1988.
“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,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
The Emmys will air live coast to coast from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17 from 8-11 p.m. ET (5-8 p.m. PT) on NBC.
“We are elated that Colin Jost and Michael Che will bring their hilarious collective talents to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Hayma Washington, TV Academy chairman and CEO. “They have an amazing onscreen rapport and we are delighted to begin working with them along with the entire NBC team.”
Jost and Che began their tenure on Weekend Update in 2014. A four-time WGA Award winner and recipient of a Peabody Award, Jost started at SNL as a writer in 2005. Che joined SNL in 2013. Each was named as a co-head writer on SNL in 2017.
“We’re proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that’s a real fact,” said Jost and Che.
So far this season, Saturday Night Live is averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers in Live+7. This is the show’s #2 most-watched season at this point in 23 years. With the inclusion of projected 35-day non-linear ratings, SNL this season is averaging a 3.8 rating in 18-49.
Nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday, July 12 from the Television Academy’s Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center. Jost and Che’e Emmy hosting gig was first reported by Variety.