Michael Che, Colin Jost to host 2018 primetime Emmy Awards (EXCLUSIVE)

Colin Jost and Michael Che will host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC. The “Weekend Update” anchors will be joined by their “Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels, who will executive produce the awards-show telecast.

NBC is thrilled to be the home of this year’s Emmy Awards and with Colin and Michael in the driver’s seat as hosts, along with surprise appearances by other cast members of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment.

Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and reality group, NBC Entertainment, added, “We’re proud of our deep comedy roster at NBC, and Michael and Colin — along with the return of king of comedy producer Lorne Michaels — will make this the must-see comedy event of the year.”

2017 Emmy Awards: Red carpet arrivals

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Michelle Pfeiffer looks positively stunning in this tea-length black lace dress.

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Heidi Klum looked gorgeous as ever in a va-va-voom red gown.

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Former "Dancing With the Stars" judge Julianne Hough was stunning in a black tulle Marchesa gown with pink floral embellishments.

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Sofia Vergara dazzled in a white gown with a sweetheart neckline.

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"Veep" actress Anna Chlumsky sparkled in a silver, sequinned fishtail dress with a plunging neckline.

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"This Is Us" standout Sterling K. Brown was dapper in a black tux.

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Yara Shahidi looked lovely in this dreamy tulle gown featuring feminine frilled shoulders.

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Laura Dern kept it chic in black and white.

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Zoe Kravitz was a feathered goddess in this show-stopping rainbow gown.

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Viola Davis dazzled in a silk peach gown.

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Jane Fonda looked white-hot in this hot pink gown.

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Jessica Biel stunned in a shimmering, flowing gown.

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Debra Messing rocked an iridescent mauve gown with an asymmetrical neckline.

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Nicole Kidman was absolute perfection in this vibrant, crimson tea-length gown.

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Samira Wiley rocked a figure-hugging white gown with a high neckline and geometric cutouts.

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Hilaria Baldwin is gorgeous in floral alongside her dapper husband, nominee Alec Baldwin.

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Rashida Jones shined in a pretty lavender dress.

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Leslie Jones sparkled in this sassy sheer black gown.

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Reese Witherspoon showed off her toned legs in a short teal coat dress.

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GORGEOUS. Shailene Woodley looked positively ethereal in this plunging velvet gown.

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Judith Light chose a dramatic black gown with voluminous shoulders.

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Elisabeth Moss wore a petal pink strapless cocktail dress.

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Evan Rachel Wood was stunning in a unique white pantsuit with a cropped tuxedo jacket and flowing pants. Her beauty look was done by Toby Fleischman, who used Burt's Bees products. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

Gabrielle Union went with a sheer black lace dress, topping it off with a matching bolero.

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Felicity Huffman stunned in a powder blue lace mermaid gown.

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Laverne Cox sparkled in a low-cut metallic gown.

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Vanessa Kirby looked gorgeous in Marchesa.

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Millie Bobby Brown looked gorgeous in a tea-length white ball gown.

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Mandy Moore's tiered black and white tulle gown was a show-stopper on the red carpet.

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"Stranger Things" stars Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin brought the swag in varied looks.

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Sarah Hyland showed off her toned abs in a midriff-baring, fall-inspired dress.

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"Insecure" star and creator Issa Rae was a vision in an asymmetrical red dress.

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The back of "Insecure" star Issa Rae's look.

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Robin Wright and Dylan Penn are a gorgeous mother-daughter duo on the red carpet.

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Mackenzie Davis stunned in a vibrant Delpozo dress.

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Steven Glover and Donald Glover brought double the dapper to the red carpet.

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Aziz Ansari chose a classic black tux for the occasion.

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Chrissy Metz looked lovely in a perfect-for-fall teal dress.

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Jessica Lange wore an embellished black velvet gown.

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Susan Sarandon is as ageless as ever in navy blue.

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Sarah Paulson channeled the 'DWTS' mirrorball trophy with this sparkling, edgy gown.

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Samantha Bee wore a futuristic green gown.

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Priyanka Chopra took a risk in this geometric, feathered gown.

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Producer Naomi Scott and Adam Scott make black and blue look good.

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Thandie Newton was the picture of perfection in this sparkly gown.

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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were a super serious (but stylish) pair on the red carpet.

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Tina Fey makes houndstooth look good in this shimmering gown.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus went for a classic black strapless dress with yellow accents.

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"Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez was all grown-up in a blue suit.

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"Billy on the Street" star Billy Eichner was a total hunk in a blue suit.

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Tracee Ellis Ross wore a sparkling, feathered, voluminous gown.

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Pete Davidson, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Mikey Day and Beck Bennett of 'SNL' sure do clean up nice (and Aidy looks lovely).

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Rachel Bloom chose a classic black dress with a little bit of lace.

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"Access Hollywood" co-hosts Kit Hoover and Natalie Morales were a picture-perfect duo.

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Kristin Cavallari kept it simple in this pink strapless gown.

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Padma Lakshmi's sassy haircut stole the show -- but her mermaid gown was a head-turner too.

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Jeremy Maguire and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons of 'Modern Family' are growing up so fast!  

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Edie Falco continues the asymmetrical neckline trend with this red gown.

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Uzo Aduba shined in shimmering stripes.

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James Corden and Julia Carey are a beautiful pair.

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Nancy O'Dell wears a one-sleeve black gown.

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Miles Brown is oh-so-adorable and dapper in black and white.

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Cara Buono wears a strapless gown with a blue ruffle.

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Angela Sarafyan was a vision in yellow.

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Barbara Alyn Woods goes bold with a vibrant column gown.

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Renee Bargh chose a metallic dress for the evening.

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Raini Rodriguez's strapless dress had fabulously embellished pockets.

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Modern Family's Nolan Gould rocks the navy suit trend, and we love it.

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Ryan Michelle Bathe's dress would fit right in on the 'Westworld' set.

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Brian Tyree Henry tops it all off with a bowler hat.

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Jackie Hoffman wore a black sparkling v-neck gown.

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Louise Roe makes a style statement in a tiered, frilled, lace black dress.

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The patterns Rickey Minor and Rachel Montez Minor are wearing are clashing quite a bit, but we'd like them separately.

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Claire Foy takes a style risk in this sleek jumpsuit.

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Anika Noni Rose rocks a pale peachy-hued ball gown.

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Gail Simmons chose a pleated metallic gown.

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Gina Rodriguez looked totally gorgeous in her red plunging gown.

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Brandon Flynn took the blue suit to a new level with this powder blue hue.

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Abby Elliott wore a simple, but gorgeous, sparkling gown.

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Ajiona Alexus attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Amanda Crew wore head-to-toe sequins.

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Ron Cephas Jones looked dapper as ever in his black and white suit.

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Kiernan Shipka continues her red carpet home run with a subtle, elegant gown.

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Regina King attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Ashley Nicole Black attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Anthony Anderson and Alvina Stewart attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Nina Kiri attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Chris Sullivan and Rachel Reichard attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Emmy Rossum attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards wearing Burt's Bees skin products and KMS hair products.

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Yvette Nicole Brown attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Marsai Martin attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Erin Lim and Lamorne Morris attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Tessa Thompson attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Brad Goresk attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon arrive for the 69th Emmy Awards.

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Ruby Modine attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Jenifer Lewis attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Shannon Purser attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Yvonne Strahovski attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Carrie Coon arrives for the 69th Emmy Awards.

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Jimmi Simpson attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Amanda Brugel attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Deon Cole attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Madeline Brewer looked lovely in a silver BERTA gown.

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Mark Feuerstein attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Giancarlo Esposito and Joy McManigal attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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John Lithgow and Mary Yeager attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Kate McKinnon attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Ariel Winter attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Kathryn Hahn attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Julie Bowen attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Reed Morano attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Lea Michele attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Halston Sage attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Neve Campbell attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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 Jeffrey Tambor and Kasia Tambor attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Vanessa Bayer attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Stanley Tucci attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Michael Kelly and Karyn Kelly attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Chrishell Stause attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Ellie Kemper attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Tituss Burgess attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Susan Kelechi Watson attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Alison Wright attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Annie Parisse attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Lily Tomlin attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Sonequa Martin-Green arrives for the 69th Emmy Awards.

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Joe Keery, Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton attend the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Matt Smith attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Lakeith Stanfield attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Jennifer Nettles attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Allison Janney attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Jeremy Piven attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Gillian Anderson attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

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The 2018 Emmys will be the first with Michaels as exec producer since the 1988 telecast hosted by John Forsythe. Michaels’ return is indicative of the value that the prolific producer and his “Saturday Night Live” franchise have at NBC. At 73 years old, Michaels has successfully expanded his reach beyond his Saturday perch to nearly every night of the week and multiple dayparts. Over the last decade, his portfolio as a producer has grown to include NBC’s other two late-night comedy franchises, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers,” both hosted by “Saturday Night Live” alums. He and Meyers also serve as exec producers on the Peacock’s freshman primetime comedy “A.P. Bio.”

Che and Jost have emerged as two of the most recognizable cast members of “Saturday Night Live,” anchoring the long-running “Weekend Update” segment. Jost became a cast member and co-anchor of “Weekend Update” in 2014, and was joined by Che in 2015. The two were named co-head writers of “Saturday Night Live” last year.

“We’re proud to be the first duo hosting the Emmys since Jenna Elfman and David Hyde Pierce, and somehow that’s a real fact,” said Jost and Che.

See Colin Jost through the years:

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NEW YORK - JANUARY 07: Colin Jost performs at an evening with the writers and performers of Saturday Night Live at Comix on January 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Writer Colin Jost attends Live from New York... A Discussion with the 'Saturday Night Live' Writers at The Paley Center for Media on November 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
Colin Jost attends an Intimate Dinner Party with Actor John Malkovich Hosted by Gotham Magazine at Ilili Restaurant on December 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
Comedian Colin Jost performs onstage at Vince Vaughn's Comedy Showcase during TBS Just For Laughs Chicago 2012 presented by State Farm at The Chicago Theatre on June 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage) 22524_004_1924.JPG
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: Colin Jost attends the 2nd Annual New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund 'Kick Off To Summer' Benefit at Empire Hotel Rooftop on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Colin Jost attends the Broadway opening night for 'Of Mice and Men' at Longacre Theatre on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lauer, Colin Jost and Cecily Strong appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jim Parsons' -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Jost, Cecily Strong -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Martin Freeman' Episode 1671 -- Pictured: (l-r) Colin Jost and Michael Che during Weekend Update on December 13, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Colin Jost attends the 2014 Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Colin Jost attends the 'Mad Men' special screening at MOMA in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Actor/writer Colin Jost attends the Gotham Magazine spring issue party at Four Seasons Hotel New York on February 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Actor and writer Colin Jost attends the 'Staten Island Summer' New York Premiere at Sunshine Landmark on July 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Colin Jost -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Colin Jost attends the Perry Ellis fashion show during New York Fashion Week Men's Fall/Winter 2016 at Skylight at Clarkson Sq on February 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Colin Jost attends the 2015 American Museum Of Natural History Museum Gala at American Museum of Natural History on November 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Colin Jost arrives at Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala Honors Lorne Michaels at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Answer the Call: Kick off to Summer Honorary Chairs/comedians Colin Jost (L) and Pete Davidson pose at the 4th annual New York Police and Fire Widows & Children's Benefit Kick off to Summer Benefit Fund at The Bowery Hotel on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Saturday Night Live comedian Colin Jost visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studios on April 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
WESTHAMPTON, NY - JULY 30: Actor/Comedian Colin Jost attends the Hamptons Magazine and Oppenheimer Funds Meet and Greet with Colin Jost at West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Centeron July 30, 2016 in Westhampton, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: SNL's Colin Jost attends iPic Theaters Fulton Market Opening Gala at the Seaport District / Screening of Netflix's Mascots on October 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for iPic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Actor Colin Jost lights The Empire State Building in honor of Answer The Call Day on October 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Colin Jost attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1731 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Colin Jost during 'Weekend Update' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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“Saturday Night Live” was a dominant force at last year’s Emmys, winning nine awards — more than any other show. This season, the sketch-comedy franchise continues to enjoy strong ratings, averaging a 2.82 rating in the 18-49 demo and 9.41 million viewers in Nielsen live-plus-numbers.

“We are elated that Colin Jost and Michael Che will bring their hilarious collective talents to hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Hayma Washington, Television Academy chairman and CEO. “They have an amazing onscreen rapport and we are delighted to begin working with them along with the entire NBC team.”

Although still an effective driver of live viewing, the Emmys telecast has experienced ratings declines in recent years, as have most awards shows. Last year’s show on CBS, hosted by Stephen Colbert, drew a 2.5 live-plus-same day Nielsen rating in the demo, down 14% from a year earlier. In total viewers, the telecast held steady at 11.394 million, but was still down significantly from recent highs in 2013 and 2014.

The Emmys will air live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17 from 8-11 p.m. ET and 5-8 p.m. PT on NBC. Nominations will be announced July 12.

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