AceShowbiz - "Saturday Night Live" stars are taking over this year's Primetime Emmy Awards. Colin Jost and Michael Che are tapped to host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC, the network announced on Thursday, April 26.
"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," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement.
"We're proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that's a real fact," said Jost and Che in a joint statement.
The "Weekend Update" anchors follow in the step of Stephen Colbert, who took the hosting duty last year.
Jost has been a writer on "Saturday Night Live" since 2005. Meanwhile, Che joined the show in 2013. Jost became a cast member of the long-running comedy show and co-anchor of "Weekend Update" in 2014, with Che joining him on the skit in 2015. Last year, the duo were named co-head writers of "Saturday Night Live".
According to Variety, Jost and Che will be joining their "SNL" boss Lorne Michaels, who serves as executive producer of the highly-anticipated award show. NBC Entertainment's Alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy added, "We're proud of our deep comedy roster at NBC, and Michael and Colin -- along with the return of king of comedy producer Lorne Michaels -- will make this the must-see comedy event of the year."
Nominations will be announced on July 12. Meanwhile, the ceremony will air live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, September 17 from 5 to 8 P.M. PT on NBC.