Seth Meyers opens up about hosting 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – With the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards barely a week away, Seth Meyers is both psyched and thrilled for his new gig as host.

Turns out the Late Night host has a different approach to warming up for the event as he shared his plans and preparations in this month’s issue of GQ magazine, where he appears to have lit himself on fire for the role.

Confirming he “can’t sing or dance,” the audience will not be seeing an opening musical number similar to what previous two-time host Neil Patrick Harris did in 2009, or what Hugh Jackman or Seth McFarlane pulled off at the Oscars.

Meyers isn’t too keen on social media-reliant stunts either. He said, “[N]othing is more uncomfortable to watch than people who unsuccessfully aim for viral.”

The 40-year-old SNL alum, without giving away details, is planning to keep the ball rolling with only one goal in mind: “just really well-written jokes.”

His reason for such is simple and practical. “As the night goes on, more people are upset because they haven’t won—but the monologue is the one time of the night when everyone is in a really good mood,” he said. “And positive. And optimistic.”

This may be Meyers’ first Emmy hosting gig, but he has proved himself having talent for the task, as he has successfully done it thrice before, emcee-ing the ESPYs in 2010 and 2011, and bringing the house down during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held on August 25, Monday, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, telecast live on NBC at 8 p.m. EST.

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