Funny man Seth Meyers was chosen to host the 2014 Emmy Awards that take place Monday, Aug. 25. In an interview with Al Roker on the “Today” show, the “Late Night” host talked about his upcoming hosting gig and although the didn’t reveal much about the musical performance he will be doing, he did promise there would be “no twerking.”
On a night that celebrates the best in television, twerking is probably the last thing anyone would want to see. The “Saturday Night Live” alum will be focused on keeping the audience and TV viewers both entertained and smiling. He told Roker that although he can’t sing or dance, he is hoping “there will be something a little musical in the show.” He then added, “I promise to be far away in the wings when that happens. That’s my guarantee to you. No twerking – nobody wants that.”
The 40-year-old Meyer is also not setting high expectations on the night. He hopes to just go with the flow and avoid disaster. He joked, “I think if you can avoid a trainwreck, people are pretty happy. People talk more about the Emmys in the two months leading up to the Emmys than they do the day after. You just want, hopefully a week after, no one will be talking about it anymore.”
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will take on a special meaning Monday night, as Billy Crystal will lead a special In Memoriam segment honoring the life and career of the late Robin Williams. Meyer also offered his remembrance of Williams.
“I only met him once,” Meyers said. “He couldn’t have been a more lovely person. The outpouring of the stories about what a kind soul he was in the week after he passed were very moving. Fortunately, the Emmys has a place for In Memoriam and it’s nice that they’ll go the extra mile for Robin this year.”
Meyer also said he will be rooting his former “Saturday Night Live” pal Amy Poehler along with “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, who has never won an Emmy. Scheduled presenters include Halle Berry, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Kerry Washington, and Jimmy Fallon.