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Ahead of the 69th Prime­time Emmy Awards, let’s take a look at some of the bold­est, wit­ti­est and fun­ni­est hosts over the past decade


Hav­ing hosted the show twice, Neil Pa­trick Har­ris is a pro when it comes to host­ing by now and in spite of the over­whelm­ing pres­sure, he has never failed to dis­ap­point. Mid-way through an act in 2013, he stripped off his blazer and per­formed a comedic rou­tine with a troupe of male-back­ing dancers that poked fun at the oblig­a­tory song and dance rou­tines on award shows. His un­bri­dled charm is what makes him a truly ‘leg­endary’ host.


The man of the hour, this year, is Stephen Col­bert who has been an­nounced as the host for the up­com­ing 69th Prime­time Emmy Awards. Col­bert, the host for The Late Show, is all set to keep up the mo­men­tum of charis­matic hosts go­ing for the big­gest award show in tele­vi­sion his­tory.


No clichés for Seth Mey­ers, who went for the min­i­mal­is­tic ap­proach in his stint as a host for the Emmy awards, in 2014. His breezy charm won hearts as he gave us the juicy insider know-how on TV’s glit­terati.


His ef­fort­less vibe was in­fec­tious last year. His mono­logues were de­liv­ered with panache, with one of his sketches be­gin­ning with a video mon­tage that saw him hitch­ing a ride to the Em­mys with var­i­ous cast mem­bers. From his jabs about Game of Thrones to pok­ing at is­sues like pol­i­tics and di­ver­sity, Kim­mel’s zingers had the au­di­ence in splits. The jokes about the mis­match within the shows and cat­e­gories as well as the rift be­tween broad­cast ver­sus ca­ble pro­vided unique in­sights into the mad­ness of the U.S. tele­vi­sion in­dus­try. Seth My­ers kept the ban­ter light and up­beat.


When the come­di­enne, best known for her role in Glee, hosted the an­nual cer­e­mony in 2011, she show­cased mul­ti­ple tal­ents! The act flowed seam­lessly, rife with jokes, sketches and her pranc­ing around stage. The quick­tongued Sue Sylvester even moon­lighted on the stage in a skit. She poked fun at her­self for los­ing the pre­vi­ous year and wryly com­mented on the del­uge of Mod­ern Fam­ily nom­i­na­tions at the awards.


Given the grave mood in the U.S. in 2001, Ellen DeGeneres’s sar­donic hu­mor earned her sev­eral stand­ing ova­tions dur­ing her open­ing speech, which in­cluded a one-liner that went vi­ral at the time, ‘Would you up­set the Tal­iban more than a gay woman wear­ing a suit in front of a room full of Jews?’ Her abil­ity to pull of the sassi­est of lines with a straight face were what siz­zled her host­ing skills to the next level.


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