Stephen Colbert will make his first foray into major awards shows when he hosts the 2017 Emmys on Sept. 17. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert host will join a long list of other late-night television hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon. It’s a sensible move, given Colbert’s propensity for showmanship. And he’s no stranger to Emmys himself, as his very successful Colbert Report won nine during its nine-year run.
Said Jack Sussman, CBS Entertainment’s executive vice president of specials, music and live events, in a statement:
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. 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.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” added Colbert. “Both in person and around the globe.”
It’ll likely be a lot of fun, and full of smart little quips like the one above. Colbert has the ability to both play to the crowd, and mock the crowd, which is an important balance for awards shows like this.
Nominations for the 2017 Emmys will be announced on July 13, and the Emmy Award Show 2017 will air on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.