Why Seth Meyers Hosting The Emmys Makes Sense For NBC

The Emmys will air on NBC, and Seth Meyers of "Late Night" will represent the Peacock as the host of the 66th annual broadcast.
Posted at 6:43 AM, Apr 25, 2014

Seth Meyers is adding yet another hosting gig to his name after taking over the "Late Night" spot. The SNL veteran will host the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in August.

Which isn't a huge surprise. After all, this year's program will air on NBC, so who better to rep the peacock than the late-night new kid on the block? (Via NBC / "Late Night with Seth Meyers")

The Emmys' tradition of rotating networks means the host is usually each network's most promising talent. Hence, Neil Patrick Harris hosting on CBS last year. (Via Television Academy / 65th Primetime Emmys)

And of course that means ABC's turn left us with Jimmy Kimmel leading the night. And the year before, "Glee"'s Jane Lynch took a spin on Fox. Are you getting the pattern? (Via ABC / "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," E! / "Chelsea Lately")

But before Jane took the Emmy stage, 2010's broadcast was hosted by NBC funny boy Jimmy Fallon. So why wouldn't Fallon get the gig again? 

See, Variety reports Fallon's "Tonight Show" has had strong, steady ratings. Meanwhile, Meyers' budding "Late Night" career could probably use a confidence boost for audiences. 

His "Late Night" hasn't exactly been a ratings smash.  (Via NBC / "Late Night with Seth Meyers")

Still, it's not like Meyers is that much of a gamble. He recently hosted the White House Correspondents' Dinner, not to mention all those years at the "SNL" Weekend Update desk. (Via C-SPAN)

And he was just named one of Time's 100 most influential people, featuring a story about him written by comedy pal Amy Poehler.

And for all you sports fans, this year's broadcast will be held on a Monday night instead of the usual Sunday show in order to avoid interrupting NFL games, which personally, I would not have watched anyway.