Seth Meyers Named Emmy Awards 2014 Host Amid Successful 'Late Night'

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Friday, 25 Apr 2014 05:19 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Seth Meyers has been selected to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, a tribute no doubt to his success on “Late Night” since leaving “Saturday Night Live” just months ago.

“Seth’s expertise and ease in front of a live audience during his time at ‘SNL,’ as well as his comedic brilliance both as a writer and in front of the camera on ‘SNL’ and ‘Late Night,’ makes him the perfect choice to host the Emmys,” Paul Telegdy, president of Late Night and Alternative Programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a news release.

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Meyers, who moved to NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Feb. 24, also made Time’s 100 Most Influential People list this week.

Friend and "SNL" alum Amy Poehler wrote about him for the Time honor, and pointed to at least one reason for Meyers’ popularity. “Seth Meyers is the best listener on television. To see the proof, watch him every night on his new show, 'Late Night With Seth Meyers.' His ability to connect his big-picture brain with his compassionate attention to detail makes him a great host and a loyal friend,” she wrote. “He is a sharp performer and superior writer. But his biggest talent is the delight he takes in helping others look good.”

New to his late-night position, Meyers is holding his own in ratings. Variety reported on late March Nielsen ratings and said the show hit three-week highs, with 1.995 million total viewers at the time. During that March week, Meyers drew in more young adults than both David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, whose shows were on an hour earlier.

When Meyers debuted on the NBC show, his ratings, in fact, topped Jimmy Fallon’s 2009 debut.

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