Jimmy Fallon is Stoked About Hosting the Emmys

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What distinguishes Jimmy Fallon from the rest of his fellow late-night talk show hosts? Most would say “experience”—Late Night with Jimmy Fallon has been on the air for a little over a year, making Fallon the greenest of the hosts. But his shade of green is brighter than the jaded hue of Letterman, Leno, and the others. Fallon’s genuine excitement for the entertainment industry comes across in everything he does—and it’s probably why he was selected to host this year’s Emmy Awards, which air on Sunday night. I sat in on a conference call with Fallon this morning. Here’s a bit of what he had to say about his upcoming hosting gig:

On the ”I’m on the Emmys” Twitter campaign:
“Tweets are starting to come in already! It’s finally up and running. It’s a cool idea because this technology hasn’t existed before... Online, there’s a list of presenters to possibly write the intro for. You could be sitting there on your couch, watching Jon Hamm present, and hear, 'My grandmother wants to leave my grandfather for Jon Hamm.' Jon Hamm could even tweet himself, ‘This man is bigger than Jesus.’ It’s just fun for the audience.”

On a theme for the awards ceremony:
“We’re doing something different. We’re doing the same show that Neil Patrick Harris did last year, word for word. We’ll give out the same awards, just acted by different actors. It’s still up in the air. I’m not sure if that’s going to happen. No but seriously, I’m going to embrace the fun and interesting things that happened [on TV], from new shows, like Modern Family and Glee, to shows that are going away, like Lost and 24 and Law and Order. Whether they’re nominated or not.”

On who he hopes will win:
“I’m not allowed to gamble this year. There’s a Pete Rose clause. I can’t legally say who I’m rooting for. But if Conan does win, I’m sure he’ll say something really funny.”

On Betty White:
“Betty White will be attending. Hopefully she’s not drunk... We were at a John Mayer concert and she was just a mess.”

On his hopes for the live broadcast:
“You look for those moments. The show is moments—that persons’s speech was awful or that person’s speech was great, or that girl’s dress was awful. I’m hoping that there will be that Jack Palance push-up moment. I doubt that Betty White will be doing any push-ups though... The show is going to be broadcast live on both coasts for the first time in 30 years, so there will be no spoilers.”

On staying in shape for this hosting gig:
“I’ve been keeping my weight down. I got Spanx made. Tom Ford made my Spanx this year.”

On the inevitable criticism he’ll receive on Monday morning:
“It’s a tough gig. You can’t do it for the reviews. But this is what I do for a living. It’s another hosting job, but at an uber level. It’ll be the biggest audience I’ll be hosting in front of. I’m excited about it! Everyone will get to know me a little bit.”

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