WGA Awards sets East, West hosts

Rachel Dratch to host in N.Y.; Deschanel, McHale in L.A.

The WGA, both East and West, have tapped celebs to handle hosting duties for the guilds’ upcoming kudos.

For WGA East, Rachel Dratch will host the Writers Guild of America Awards ceremonies, which will be held Feb. 19 at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, simultaneously with the West Coast ceremonies at the Hollywood Palladium.

Dratch was a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” for seven years. Her film credits include “The Hebrew Hammer,” “Down With Love,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “Just Go with It” and a recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock.”

Over on the West Coast, the Writers Guild of America West has tapped Zooey Deschanel and Joel McHale to co-host the Hollywood Palladium affair.

“It should be a lot of fun!,” Deschanel said in a statement. “I am very honored to be included.”

“I’m deeply excited to co-host the WGA Awards with Zooey Deschanel,” McHale said. “She has that rare combination in that she’s beautiful, funny and smells good. Without writers, movies and TV would be worse than untreated syphilis, so I’m thrilled to hand these fine people awards for their great work.”

The WGA East also announced that presenters at the event will include Jonathan Ames, Jimmy Fallon, Geoffrey Fletcher, Steve Kroft, Seth Meyers, James Schamus, Kate Mulgrew and Jon Benjamin.

Spike Jones Jr. will exec produce the WGA West event.

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