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Kelsey Glein
Jan 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards just got a whole lot more exciting—Stephen Colbert is set to host!

This marks the first time that The Late Show lead will emcee the yearly ceremony, which airs live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, and we have a feeling he's going to be a natural.

"We're excited to kick off the new season and celebrate the top achievements in television with Stephen Colbert as host of the Primetime Emmys," Jack Sussman of CBS Entertainment said in a press release today. "Stephen is the ultimate master of ceremonies with award-winning creative talents; and as we've seen the past few months, he has a fearless passion for live television. We look forward to honoring television's best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert."

"He's a formidable showman and we are delighted to begin working with him and the entire CBS team," Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington added.

Colbert also expressed his own enthusiasm for his upcoming gig. "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period," he predicted jokingly. "Both in person and around the globe."

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But we still have several long months to go until we find out which of our favorite stars and TV shows are up for trophies. The nominations will be announced on July 13.

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To see the fun go down, tune in to the 2017 Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.

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