“Saturday Night Live” head writers Colin Jost and Michael Che were named Thursday the hosts of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Jost and Che, who lead “SNL’s” famed “Weekend Update” segment, will helm the Sept. 17 Emmy ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. “Saturday Night Live” creator/producer Lorne Michaels is also producing the Emmy telecast, which will be broadcast on NBC.
“NBC is thrilled to be the home of this year’s Emmy Awards and with Colin and Michael in the driver’s seat as hosts, along with surprise appearances by other cast members of `Saturday Night Live,’ I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.
Jost and Che have been the “Weekend Update” anchors since 2014. Jost began working at “SNL” as a writer in 2005. Che joined the show in 2013. They have been the shows head writers since last year.
“We are elated that Colin Jost and Michael Che will bring their hilarious collective talents to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Television Academy chair/CEO Hayma Washington. “They have an amazing onscreen rapport and we are delighted to begin working with them along with the entire NBC team.”
Emmy nominations will be announced July 12.