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Jimmy_Fallon,_Montclair_Film_Festival,_2013Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, will act as the host for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards according to NBC Entertainment chairmen Robert Greenblatt in an announcement he made during the network’s Television Critics Association summer press tour presentation.

The 2017 ceremony will air live from the Beverly Hilton in downtown Los Angeles on January 8 beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The three-hour Golden Globes telecast will be the first of the 2017 awards season.

“We’re thrilled to announce Jimmy as host of ‘The 74th Annual Golden Globes,’” said Robert Greenblatt. “This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television, and Jimmy’s playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence that’s made the Golden Globes one of the premier events of the entire broadcast year.”

Jimmy Fallon has long called NBC home. He spent six seasons on Saturday Night Live and then hosted Late Night for five years before taking over The Tonight Show in 2014. Many are excited to have him take it further by hosting the Golden Globes.

He previously hosted the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards with success. Fallon will be taking over the spot from Ricky Gervais, who hosted the even in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016. Gervais was only interrupted briefly by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who hosted from 2013-2015. Fallon has also presented awards at the Golden Globes in the past.

“Jimmy Fallon is an exceptionally talented and dynamic entertainer and we couldn’t be more excited that he’ll be hosting the 2017 Golden Globes,” said Lorenzo Soria, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “His charm, wit and incredible spontaneity will play exceedingly well both to everyone at the show as well as the millions watching at home from around the world.”

Nominations for the Golden Globes will be announced on Monday, December 12th. The winners are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and presents awards for both motion picture and television achievements.

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