Jimmy Fallon to host 2017 Golden Globes

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show', Jimmy Fallon (R) joins Madame Tussauds to debut five unique, brand new, never before seen wax figures of the television host at Madame Tussauds New York on March 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show', Jimmy Fallon (R) joins Madame Tussauds to debut five unique, brand new, never before seen wax figures of the television host at Madame Tussauds New York on March 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds New York)

Credit: Cindy Ord

Credit: Cindy Ord

Comedian Jimmy Fallon will take over hosting duties for the 47th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 8, 2017. It will be his first time hosting the awards show.

Robert Grenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, announced Fallon's new gig Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's press tour, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"We've found the best-possible host to make the evening really memorable, and that's Jimmy Fallon," Greenblatt 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."

Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, echoed Greenblatt's sentiments in a statement Tuesday.

"Jimmy Fallon is an exceptionally talented and dynamic entertainer and we couldn't be more excited that he'll be hosting the 2017 Golden Globes," Soria said. "His charm, wit and incredible spontaneity will play exceedingly well both to everyone at the show as well as the millions watching at home from around the world."

The host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" expressed his own excitement at the announcement on social media.

"I'm so excited to be hosting The Golden Globes in January," he wrote before joking, "and I'm really looking forward to spending time with the Hollywood Foreign Press before Donald Trump has them all deported."

Fallon previously hosted the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. He has presented various categories at the Golden Globes. He most recently appeared alongside actress Melissa McCarthy in 2014 when he presented Michael Douglas with the Golden Globe for Best Performance by An Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

British comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes awards ceremony this year. Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the shows from 2013 to 2015.

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