Jane Lynch to host 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards
Jane Lynch, who is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester on the FOX musical comedy "Glee," will host the 2011 Emmy Awards in September.
"I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on Fox," Lynch said in a statement provided by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. "I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit."
Lynch won the "Best Supporting Actress" Emmy last year for her portrayal of Sylvester, a snarky cheerleading coach, in "Glee." She was previously nominated for her guest spot on CBS' "Two and a Half Men." Lynch also took home a Golden Globe award this year for her role on "Glee."
"Jane was my first - and only - choice as the host for this year's Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said 'yes,'" said first-time Emmys executive producer Mark Burnett. "She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage. I am thrilled and excited to have her as our host."
Lynch made headlines earlier this week for taking aim at Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin at the D9 Tech Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The actress gave her speech as the "acting CEO of News Corp." and offered FOX advice on how to improve programming.
"I've convinced Glenn Beck to stay on at FOX for one final gig, as a dying patient on 'House' with a horrendous malady," Lynch said, according to CBS News. "His sickness is consuming him from the inside out. Though not firm as of yet, we are pretty sure we got Sarah Palin to do a guest spot on 'Glee.' She'll be singing an original tune that I penned. It's called, 'Look at Me, I'm (expletive) Crazy.'"
Lynch has appeared in more than 60 films, including "Role Models," "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "Julie & Julia," "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind."
Lynch's Emmys gig will mark the third time a woman has hosted the ceremony alone. Ellen DeGeneres did the honors in 2005 and Angela Lansbury hosted in 1993.
The 2011 Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 18 on FOX from L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Nominations for the Emmy Awards will be announced on July 14.