Jimmy Fallon to host the 74th annual Golden Globes

By Sarah Walker

Jimmy Fallon has a new gig! TV's favourite funnyman will play host at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, taking the torch from Ricky Gervais, who tackled the role in 2016.

"I'm so excited to be hosting the Golden Globes in January," said the host of The Tonight Show on Twitter. He then quipped, "And I'm really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported."

Jimmy Fallon has been named the host of the 2017 Golden Globes. Photo: © Getty Images

Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, also announced the news at a press conference with the Television Critics Association, saying Jimmy is a natural fit for the role.

“We’ve found the best possible host to make the evening really memorable and that’s Jimmy Fallon,” he said. “I know he will bring his unique energy and wit to the show. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is thrilled and we’re thrilled as well that he wanted to do it this year.”

Allen Shapiro, CEO of Globes producers dick clark productions, added: “Jimmy Fallon’s brand of comedy will continue the tradition of cutting-edge excitement viewers have come to expect from the host of the Golden Globes."

The last time the father of two hosted an awards show was in 2010 at the Primetime Emmy Awards. In advance of that big event, he released a hilarious video that hinted at how he planned to host: with a lot of comedy, celebrity involvement and musical numbers.

We can only hope that he plans to do the same at the Globes. If we're lucky, he'll ask some of his former Saturday Night Live colleagues and former hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to join in on the action.

The 2017 event will air on CTV on Sunday, Jan. 8.

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