The Late Show star Stephen Colbert has booked hosting duties on this year’s EMMY AWARDS which will air on CBS. This is the first time the late night host has taken the gig, though he won several statues while running the desk at The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
“We’re excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys,” said Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment executive VP. “Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents, and as we’ve seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert.”
Colbert has seen a surge in his ratings recently. Though he initially struggled to migrate viewers from Comedy Central as he took over for the Late Show gig, the election proved a goldmine. Colbert was able to bring the political humor he’s known for front and center, while adjusting his voice for the new job. After Jimmy Fallon was criticized for taking a broader and more friendly approach to hosting the Golden Globes during a politically-charged time, it is likely that CBS is hoping to not make the same mistake and is banking on Colbert’s ability to target politicians.
Emily J | Staff Writer