Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment said:
“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.”
Che and Jost are co-head writers of “Saturday Night Live,” and co-hosts of the show’s longest running segment, “Weekend Update.”
Jost joined SNL as a writer in 2005, and became an anchor on Weekend Update in 2014. In his years at the variety show, he has earned nine Primetime Emmy nominations as part of the writing team.
Che joined the SNL writing staff in 2013 and joined Jost as co-host of Weekend Update in 2015. He has been nominated with the writers for two Primetime Emmys.
“Saturday Night Live” has been a staple of NBC late night since it premiered in 1975. There series has won 58 Emmys over the years, including eight last year alone. In addition to wins for Guest Stars Dave Chappelle and Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon won Supporting Actress and Alec Baldwin for Supporting Actor. The show also won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. SNL was nominated for an additional 13 awards last year.
NBC is also the home of this year’s Emmys, which is why Che and Jost are perfectly placed for the gig. They are the first duo to host the ceremony since 1999, although there was a team of hosts in 2008. Of this news, the pair said:
“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.”
The 70th Primetime Emmys will air on NBC on September 17. Nominations will be announced in July.