NBC confirmed today that Jimmy Fallon will be the host of the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, reports USA Today.
The show will air on Sunday, August 29, 8:00-11:00 p.m. EST on NBC. This will be Fallon’s first time as host.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was also pushing a tandem host pairing of Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Gold Derby blog.
According to the blog entry, "Gold Derby has learned exclusively that the TV academy also seriously considered the team of Andy Samberg (who’s hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009) and Justin Timberlake, who won an Emmy together in 2008 for their "Saturday Night Live" song ‘… in a Box.’ They were also nominated last year for their ‘Motherlover’ tune. Timberlake was also considered as a solo emcee of the upcoming awardscast since he won an Emmy as best supporting comedy actor last year for hosting ‘Saturday Night Live.’
According to the USA Today story, Executive Producer Don Mischer said of the choice, "Jimmy has many talents. He can sing, he can dance, he does impersonations, and he does it gracefully and with ease," said executive producer Don Mischer. "I think he’ll make a terrific host and we are really looking forward to working with him."