Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Stephen Colbert will host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony is set to be broadcast live Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, home of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

By tapping Colbert as host, CBS follows the example of competitors ABC and NBC, who in recent years have turned to their own late-night stars for the Emmys gig. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Emmys last year and in 2012 on ABC. Seth Meyers hosted in 2014 and Jimmy Fallon in 2010 for NBC.

The Emmys will be the first major awards-show gig for Colbert, who took over CBS’ “Late Show” in 2015 following the retirement of founding host David Letterman. Last year, the network’s other late-night star, James Corden, hosted the Tony Awards, and Variety reported exclusively in November that Corden would host the Grammy Awards later this year. CBS holds exclusive broadcast rights to both shows. The Emmys rotate among ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.

“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, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. “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.”

Television Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington added, “We are thrilled that Stephen Colbert will be bringing his Emmy-winning comedic talent to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards. He’s a formidable showman and we are delighted to begin working with him and the entire CBS team.”

Colbert’s previous show, “The Colbert Report,” won nine Emmys for its nine-year run on Comedy Central — seven for outstanding writing in a variety series, and two for outstanding variety series.

The 2016 Emmys with Kimmel drew positive reviews and helped propel Kimmel to a gig hosting this year’s Academy Awards. But facing competition from “Sunday Night Football” on NBC, the awards-show drew a record-low 11.3 million viewers and 2.8 ratings among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers.

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” said Stephen Colbert. “Both in person and around the globe.”

Nominations for the 2017 Primetime Emmys will be announced July 13.


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  1. Sherman says:

    I think he’s an idiot

  2. Dorothea Llausas says:

    I’m from the Philippines, so thrilled already. I always watched the show in the cable channel and In YouTube. I’m a big fan of Stephen Colbert and so happy for the choice of CBS. Stephen is a dynamite and a class of his own. More power and good luck Stephen. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your family always😀

  3. The Colbert Report did not win 7 Emmys for writing. Stephen Colbert himself did: 3 for The Daily Show, 4 for The Colbert Report.

  4. jeffrey says:

    They couldn’t get Bill Maher? Another three hours of anti-Trump, Democratic propaganda.

  5. Manthony says:

    You gotta hand it to CBS for trying to save this guy. They bring hot shots over from CBS news to try bolster his show, now they are putting him on Primetime with the Emmys. – It won’t work.

    He trapped lightening in a bottle with his old show, but now he just seems like a fish out of water who is bitter or something. The situation reminds me of LeVar Burton after Roots. Just never the same again.

    Maybe a horrible stint as Emmy host will give a reason for CBS to hasten the demise of his late night show that became unwatchable months ago & the opposite of newsworthy from the get go.

    He had a shot of picking up the older white tv watchers who clung to Carson then Letterman, but when he made the big bet against Trump he lost them & young people never watched him.

    I just hope he takes the horrendous late night band with him when he is shown the door.
    Hey CBS, can I suggest you search the alumni from the “Parks and Recreation” tv series for potential hosts for a new late night show and not more people from Comedy Central. That ship has sailed.

  6. Alex says:

    So it’ll be three hours of really unfunny Trump jokes with time out to give awards to shows no one watches, and actors and actresses no one has heard of…and hosted by a guy who should be selling floor tile.

  7. Jinxi Richow says:


    The only comedian/actor who fooled more right wing idiots than Colbert is that orange clown named Trump. However, Trump will never win an Emmy unless some little Russian cybernerd hacks the Emmy voting process.

    In any case, any white guy who can easily make right wing white guys spit their milk in anger is a seriously awesome white guy.

  8. spike says:


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