Emmy Awards moves between the four major US TV networks each year and this fall it’ll be FOX hosting TV’s biggest night. Actors, comedians and late-night talk show hosts have always served as emcees for this evening awards show, which began in 1949. Network execs are confident that Lynch’s irreverant sense of humor would make her an ideal candidate to join the ranks of great Emmy presenters of the past, such as Dancing With the Stars’ Tom Bergeron and NBC late night host Jimmy Fallon. Jane, who plays Glee’s scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, won the statuette for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy at the 2010 ceremony.
“Jane was my first — and only — choice as the host for this year’s Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said ‘yes,’” says executive producer Mark Burnett. “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 is only the third woman to ever host the Emmys solo, following a trend started by Murder She Wrote’s Angela Lansbury in 1993 and continued when Ellen Degeneres did the honors in 2005.