Jane Lynch Officially Named Emmys Host

Friday, June 03, 2011

It’s official: Jane Lynch will host the Emmy Awards. As The Hollywood Reporter first reported, the Glee star and Emmy-winning actress will lead this year’s telecast airing Sunday, Sept. 18 on Fox from L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. “We’re delighted to have Jane Lynch host the Primetime Emmys this year,” said John Shaffner, chairman and CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “When our host has comedic, dramatic and musical talents – as Jane proved in last year’s opening number – we know it’s going to be fun for us and for the audience at home!”

“Jane was my first – and only – choice as the host for this year’s Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said ‘yes,’ ” said first-time Emmys executive producer Mark Burnett. “She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host.”

Lynch, who won the best supporting actress Emmy last year for her portrayal of cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee, recently hosted NBC's late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. Lynch has been previously nominated for an Emmy as a guest actress in a comedy for CBS' Two and a Half Men. Earlier this year, Lynch won a Golden Globe as a supporting actress for Glee.

In recent years, the Emmys host have been talent closely tied to the network broadcasting the television awards ceremony. Last year, for instance, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon emceed the NBC telecast. Neil Patrick Harris, star of How I Met Your Mother, hosted the awards show when it aired on the CBS network.
Lynch is the third woman to host the Emmys alone, following in the footsteps of Angela Lansbury in 1993 and Ellen DeGeneres in 2005. She has appeared in a slew of big-screen comedies, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models and Best in Show.

Emmy nominations will be announced at 5:40 a.m. PT on Thursday, July 14.

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