As already reported here, Jane Lynch the star of Glee and the Emmy-winning actress will lead this year’s telecast at 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, of Survivor fame. “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 won the best supporting actress Emmy last year for her portrayal of cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee.
Lynch has been previously nominated for an Emmy as a guest actress in a comedy for Two and a Half Men. Earlier this year, Lynch won a Golden Globe as a supporting actress for Glee.. Last year Late Night host Jimmy Fallon emceed telecast and Neil Patrick Harris, star of How I Met Your Mother, hosted the awards show when it aired the year before. Lynch is the third woman to host the Emmys alone, following in the footsteps of Angela Lansbury in 1993 and Ellen DeGeneres in 2005. Emmy nominations will be announced at 5:40 a.m. PT on Thursday, July 14 USA time and will be up here live after the AEST 11pm announcement.