Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards this September.
SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels is set to exec produce the Emmys this year for the first time since 1988. Jost and Che will be the first duo to host since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce in 1999.
“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.
Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and reality group, NBC Entertainment, added, “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.”
Saturday Night Live has been on an upswing with ratings and awards recently, routinely earning 9+M viewers weekly and won nine Emmys last year, the most of any single program.
The 70th Primetime Emmys will air live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST on NBC. Nominations will be announced July 12th.