Comedian Stephen Colbert has been roped in to host the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

The ceremony will take place on September 17, reports variety.com.

It will be the first major awards show for Colbert, who hosts the famous TV show “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.

“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,” said Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment.

“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 honouring television’s best while entertaining audiences with the creative energy and sharp comedy of Stephen Colbert,” Sussman added.

Nominations for the 2017 Primetime Emmys will be announced on July 13.

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