Emmys: Should Jimmy Fallon host them?

Jimmy-Fallon-showImage Credit: Dana Edelson/NBCAccording to Variety, the host of this year’s Emmys, which airs live on NBC on August 29, is expected to be revealed next week. Insiders tell the trade the Peacock has lobbied the TV Academy hard for Jimmy Fallon to get the gig — he appeals to a young audience, has a Twitter stream that he can use to promote the awards, and has already proven he can parody Lost and Glee (with Late and 6-Bee), not to mention Kate Gosselin.

Is Jimmy the best bet? Let’s see. Were Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler not due to deliver her second child days before the telecast, I’d argue for her to have the job: She always kills in award show bits, and even if a joke were to bomb, she’s so adorable it’d keep things from getting awkward. But I think gambling on the Emmys telecast is different than a Saturday Night Live Weekend Update. Perhaps if Date Night hadn’t hit theaters till this summer, I’d have been more enthusiastic about the idea of reteaming 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and The Office‘s Steve Carell. Love them both, but the timing doesn’t feel quite right. I’d make a case for Joel McHale, whose time hosting The Soup more than qualifies him for an opening monologue critiquing the year in television, but Community isn’t a runaway hit.

Really, all things considered, I think Jimmy is the right man for the job. With an opening bit parodying Date Night in which Tina and Steve are mistaken as the hosts of the Emmys. And a Soup-style segment from Joel. And a remote report from Amy from the hospital or her newborn’s nursery.

Who’s your pick?

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  • Saracen Riggins

    I love Jimmy Fallon. And his ability to laught at himself. He doesnt’ take himself too seriously. I think it’s great.

    • kt

      I absolutely agree. Although I could see how SOME might think he comes off as immature, I really enjoy him. You can really tell on his show that he’s having a good time and he really loves what he’s doing.

      • Zeddicus “Zedd” Zu’l Zorander

        Jimmy is funny in bursts, he has too many periods where he just isn’t funny.

  • tellusataletunes

    No, no, no; triple negative, so that counts as a no.

  • tellusataletunes

    But a better choice that the queen of all hams, Amy Poehler.

  • court

    I think Jimmy is a great choice! He did an awesome job with the MTV Movie and Video Music Awards years ago, and his show is gaining recognition and popularity.

    His bit at last year’s Emmys was hilarious!

    • will

      agreed he did fantastic job hosting those award shows, and his bit at last years emmy’s was hilarious. I’m in!

  • TJ

    Neil Patrick Harris…the host of hosts! He is the best.

    • daryl

      GIVE IT UP. He’s overexposed as a host, and he embarrassed himself on the Oscars.

  • LM

    Ehhh, if it has to be an NBC star… I guess Jimmy would be fine. I’d much prefer Tina Fey to host, though. Or Ellen DeGenerous – even though she wasn’t a good Oscar host, she was great both times she hosted the Emmys.

    • Am

      I don’t know why people are so on the Tina Fey train. I don’t think that she’d work in that capacity. She’s a fine actress & an excellent writer, but awards show host? The way she delivers jokes wouldn’t work in the context of an awards show and she’s not a great show-woman. Stand-ups/song-and-dance people generally carry these type of events better.
      I like Jimmy a lot but again I’m not sure that he’s self-assured enough to carry it off. He always seems much more comfortable when he’s not being Jimmy Fallon.
      If we’re talking about NBC star, I think that SNL’s Jason Sudeikis would do a tremendous job.

      • Lane

        I am not on Tina Fey train at all. I used to like her on SNL, but now with 30Rock or however her show is called, I have had enough of her. I guess you either like her show and her, or you don’t. The funny thing is that she laughs at Sarah Palin and how she talks, but she sounds just like her even when she doesn’t do a sketch. She just thinks she’s better than Palin, the way she talks about her and laugh about her. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like or get Palin, I’m trying to say that Tina is 2nd Palin for me.

    • Sarah

      I agree about Ellen. She’d be great.

      • Lane

        Ellen is always great. But I have found out that these shows are too scripted, the jokes are too scripted, and the award shows become dull. I like Ellen without a script, I wish all those shows were less scripted.

  • Wormburner22

    Jimmy Fallon would be a terrible choice. He’s not funny and his stand-up style (intently peering at the cue cards) stinks. Then again, I won’t be watching the Emmys so NBC can do whatever they want.

    • ian g

      i’m with wormburner… Fallon wasn’t meant to hold audiences for 3-4 hours, much less 40 minutes. he’s dull and lifeless… though he has an imagination. he belongs on sketch comedy shows, or something short and scripted. can’t believe NBC stuck with him during the Conan-Leno debacle!

      • Jenna

        I agree. I can’t watch Jimmy for more than a few minutes. He is just too awkward for my taste.

  • Tori

    Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. Anybody but Fallon!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Molly

    Craig Ferguson needs to host. it would be epic.

    • ian g

      it’s his year!!! go Craig!

      • Allison

        Craig’s the BEST choice!

    • Vikki Sixx

      That’s what i was thinking…but it will never happen unless the Emmys get switched to CBS

      • susan

        I just hope Craig gets nominated this year.

  • Madd

    Joel McHale would be great, but I still think (unfortunately) there are too many people who have never heard of him. Jimmy is hilarious-now that Conan’s gone he’s my go-to show. I have watched that Kate Gosslin dance way too many times.

    • Ceballos

      Yeah, though it’d be cool to see McHale do it, Jimmy’s the guy from an exposure standpoint. He’s more well-known than McHale, and this is the perfect chance for NBC to showcase him to a larger audience.

      I actually think, it’s a pretty good choice. Some of his pre-taped bits kill (especially when he acts all “bothered”), which would work great on this show. For people saying that the can’t hold an audience’s attention for 3-4 hours…he won’t have to. The host of these things do about 10-15 minutes in the beginning, and then only show up for 1 or 2 minutes at a time throughout the rest of the show.

  • Maureen

    I think he’d do great! I still crack up from his auto-tuned song from last year’s ceremony! (“Party! Everyone ready to party?”) :D

  • Michelle

    I think Jimmy could be great — especially if he brings the Roots with him!

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  • Isolde

    I’d like Jimmy Fallon for the job. I like him a lot. Even though I don’t care much for the movies I’ve seen him in, I still like him. Book it, NBC!

  • na

    Yes yes yes! I love him, he’s hilariously charming. Plus his Auto tuned skit last year at the Emmys was the funniest part.

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