NBC has tapped “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon as host of the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt announced during the network’s Television Critics Association summer press tour presentation.
The 2017 ceremony will air January 8 live from the Beverly Hilton, airing from 8-11 p.m. ET/5-8 p.m. PT.
Fallon, who’s hosted “The Tonight Show” since February 2014, previously hosted the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. “The Tonight Show” is currently nominated for two Emmys this year, including Outstanding Variety Series Talk.
January’s three-hour Golden Globes telecast will serve as the official kick-off to the 2017 awards season.
“We’re thrilled to announce Jimmy as host of ‘The 74th Annual Golden Globes,’” said Robert Greenblatt. “This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television, and Jimmy’s playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence that’s made the Golden Globes one of the premier events of the entire broadcast year.”
“Jimmy Fallon is an exceptionally talented and dynamic entertainer and we couldn’t be more excited that he’ll be hosting the 2017 Golden Globes,” said Lorenzo Soria, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “His charm, wit and incredible spontaneity will play exceedingly well both to everyone at the show as well as the millions watching at home from around the world.”
“Jimmy Fallon’s brand of comedy will continue the tradition of cutting-edge excitement viewers have come to expect from the host of the Golden Globes,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions.
Fallon demonstrated his wit in a series of tweets following the announcement.
Nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced Monday, Dec. 12. Winners are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Produced by dick clark productions in association with the HFPA, the Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 236 countries worldwide and are one of the few awards ceremonies to include both motion picture and television achievements.