Emmy Awards Tab Nine Comedians to Host
LOS ANGELES - If one funny host is a good thing, organizers of the 55th annual Emmy Awards are banking on a bunch of them being even better.
Nine comedians_ Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Garrett, Darrell Hammond, George Lopez, Conan O'Brien, Garry Shandling, Martin Short, Jon Stewart and Wanda Sykes - will play host at this year's Emmy show, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Friday.
The show will be broadcast Sept. 21 on Fox, with a different host after each break.
"Fox is always looking for innovative ways to produce live television and we think that capitalizing on the talents of these fantastic comedians will make the broadcast more spontaneous and entertaining," said Gail Berman, the network's president of entertainment.
DeGeneres shared hosting duties with Shandling at last year's show.
Don Mischer, executive producer of this year's broadcast, said producers wanted to "try something different."
"Instead of one comedic point of view running through the show, there will be many," Mischer said. "Each act of the three-hour broadcast will begin with a different comic personality."