Ryan Seacrest To Host Emmy Awards
August 21, 2007 at 11:11 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 KIIS/LOS ANGELES morning dude, AMERICAN IDOL host, and one of the busiest men is show business, RYAN SEACREST has been chosen to host next month's EMMY ceremony. SEACREST's appeal is expected to be a "magnet" that pulls viewers, especially younger ones, to the awards show on FOX, DICK ASKIN, Chairman/CEO of the ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES, said MONDAY.
The 59th Primetime EMMY AWARDS will air SEPTEMBER 16th.
Last year's EMMYS, hosted on NBC by CONAN O'BRIEN, drew about 16.1 million viewers, the second least-watched EMMY telecast since 1991. It aired unusually early, in AUGUST, to make way for NBC's NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE telecast.
The awards ceremony rotates among the four major broadcast networks.
The EMMYS were to have even more of an "Idol" touch, with two of the talent show's executive producers, NIGEL LYTHGOE and KEN WARWICK, producing. But they withdrew from the job earlier this year, citing their demanding schedules, and veteran producer KEN EHRLICH stepped in.