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Who Should Host the Emmys?

by Allison Waldman, posted May 1st 2010 5:29PM
Jimmy_Fallon_Late_night_NBCThe Primetime Emmys are still months away – the night of Sunday, August 29, to be exact – but the talk in Hollywood has already started swirling about who's going to host the show. An announcement is expected next week and since NBC is doing the broadcast, 'Late Night' host Jimmy Fallon is being mentioned prominently.

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has urged the TV Academy board to give Jimmy Fallon the thumbs up. Fallon's presence, the network contends, would appeal to a younger demographic. Terms like Twitter and Facebook have been thrown around to prop up the argument.

Having caught some of Fallon's 'Late Night' highlights lately, he would actually be a good choice. He's funny and creative and would bring something edgy to the proceedings. The only problem with Jimmy is that he's not really a big name.

Other stars, like '30 Rock's' Tina Fey and 'The Office's' Steve Carell, are. So is 'Park and Recreation's' Amy Poehler. Tina and Steve's pairing would be a re-teaming from their feature, 'Date Night,' and considering their ability to improvise, there's nothing on an Emmy broadcast that would throw them.

Amy has one obstacle in her path to hosting, however. She's due to delivery her second child within days of the Emmys, so she's out of the running.

'The Soup's' Joel McHale has an NBC connection thanks for 'Community.' He's probably on the same level as Jimmy, and equally as appealing to the younger demographic they claim they want to reach.

Who else could be considered? How about former host Ellen DeGeneres? Yes, she's on Fox now, but does the host have to be an NBC person?

What about Jon Stewart from 'The Daily Show' or Stephen Colbert? Craig Ferguson would be a hilarious, too. And if you really want to push the envelope, how about Kathy Griffin? What do you think? Send us your ideas in the comments.

By the way, nominations for the 62nd Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday, July 8, 2010.

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tbarnyai2

You wanna push the envelope? Get Ferguson. At either end- your covered. I mean young, old, male female, gay, lesbian. It just doesn't matter! And you get the accents to boot. With Craig, you don't just send him out there. You let him LOOSE! Really, what's there to think about.. ya bastards :)

May 14 2010 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
christine pongratz

me christine pongratz

May 02 2010 at 9:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jessica

This could be just in my limited circle, but in my experience Jimmy Fallon isn't as popular with a "young crowd" as NBC and others seem to think (speaking as a 23 year old college student). If that's there goal then a Stewart and/or Colbert choice would get a good draw. As would NPH, McHale would prob. get a decent young crowd as well (I would guess more than Fallon, prob. less than Stewart/Colbert/NPH though).

May 02 2010 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

I'm not a big fan of Fallon's, but I think you're underestimating his name recognition a bit. I think he's at least as well-known as Poehler, and better known than McHale.

I'd love to see Craig get it, but I suppose that's not going to happen with a non-CBS awards show anytime soon.

May 02 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ColinInLA

Better yet. .Joel McHale who can embody both the glibness and the look.

May 02 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ColinInLA

oops. . .sorry. . . actually meant McHale to be added to the possible casting for Johnny Carson in the item below. . but . .heck. . he'd be fine for the Emmy's. Anybody but Fallon, though.

May 02 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ColinInLA

I have just three words for you: Steven Colbert.

May 02 2010 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey

Allow me to second the vote for Betty White.

May 01 2010 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wh

How about Jon Stewart AND Stephen Colbert. Have you ever seen the bits with the two of them at the end of Jon's show.

May 01 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chels725

I either want Craig Ferguson or Joel McHale. They'd be the funniest.

May 01 2010 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

Allison you have lost your mind Joel McHale is one of the funniest people ever and Fallon is not funny. some of my choices for host Alec Baldwin NPH Ricky Gervais Conan Carig Ferguson Joel McHale

May 01 2010 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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