Looks like "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon will be moving to prime time — at least for one night. The "Saturday Night Live" grad has been tapped to host the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air live August 29 on NBC (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT).
According to the Los Angeles Times' Gold Derby blog, Fallon reportedly won out over fellow "SNL"-er Amy Poehler, who now stars in NBC's "Parks and Recreation." It was also rumored that Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake were in the running, thanks to their "SNL" skits "Motherlover" and the Emmy-winning "Di-- in a Box."
This will be Fallon's fourth big hosting gig. The 35-year-old comedian, who's been running his own late-night chuckfest since March 2009, hosted the 2001 and 2005 MTV Movie Awards and the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
"Hosting the Emmys has been a dream of mine ever since they told me I was doing it," Fallon joked Monday after top executives from NBC and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made the Emmy announcement.
Emmy nominations will be announced July 8.
After Conan O'Brien's controversial exit from NBC in January, Fallon made it clear which side he was on by taking his show's house band, the Roots, over to Conan's old NYC studio to pay tribute to his "Late Night" predecessor. Later, when the news broke that Conan had landed a show on TBS, Fallon told MTV News: "It's great for everybody, great for Conan. I know he's happy. ... He's a great, funny dude, and I can't wait to see him."
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