Jane Lynch: Emmy Host 2011
Last year's winner, this year's host.
Jane Lynch, who scored an Emmy for her role as Sue Sylvester in "Glee," will host the 2011 show, which will broadcast live on September 13th on FOX.
Lynch had been rumored to be hosting for a while now, and her commitment gives FOX a major network face to flaunt at television's biggest event -- and right as a new season of programming gets underway.
"I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on FOX," Lynch said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit."
The official press release follows:
Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the 63RD PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS airing live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 18, on FOX. "We're delighted to have Jane Lynch host the Primetime Emmys this year," said John Shaffner, Chairman and CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "When our host has comedic, dramatic and musical talents - as Jane proved in last year's opening number - we know it's going to be fun for us and for the audience at home!"
"Jane was my first - and only - choice as the host for this year's Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said 'yes,'" said executive producer Mark Burnett. "She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host."
"I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on FOX," said Lynch. "I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit."
"Jane Lynch is one of the most gifted and entertaining actresses in film and television today, and we are thrilled she will be hosting the Primetime Emmys on FOX," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "With her background in improvisation, her incredible comedic timing and a worldwide fan base that spans all ages, Jane is the perfect person to help us make this year's show absolutely unforgettable."
Best known for her breakout role as "Sue Sylvester" on the multiple-category Primetime Emmy-winning GLEE, Jane Lynch cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre and in many church basements all over the greater Chicago area. In 2010, Lynch won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on GLEE. In addition to her starring role on GLEE, Lynch's television credits include "Party Down," "Lovespring International," "Desperate Housewives," "Weeds" and "The L Word." Her film credits include "Julie & Julia," "Shrek Forever After," and "The 40 Year Old Virgin."