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'Glee's' Lynch to host Emmys

The red polyester tracksuit, circa 1972-1985, is about to meet the 2011 Emmys. Sue Sylvester will host the 63rd primetime Emmy Awards this September.

In reality, Jane Lynch will do the honors, but her "Glee" character, the mean-spirited cheereleading coach, is so indelible -- as is the tracksuit, destined no doubt for the Smithsonian some day -- that the distinction could well be lost on millions of viewers. That could be the challenge for Lynch -- who won a best supporting actress Emmy for her character last year -- when she takes the Nokia Theatre stage for the Sept. 18 telecast on Fox.

Lynch not only becomes one of the few female hosts of the Emmys in its long history but could also become one of the few hosts to win an award as well. She's probably a lock for another nomination; those will be announced July 14.

"Jane was my first -- and only -- choice as the host for this year's Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said 'yes,' " said Mark Burnett, the reality-TV king ("Survivor," "The Apprentice") who's producing the show for the first time. "She has incredible comedic timing, and is a charismatic, talented actress whose energy leaps off the screen and stage."

As for Lynch, she noted in a statement: "I am tickled pink to be hosting the Primetime Emmys on Fox. I'm looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit."

In a perverse bit of irony, Lynch (in jacket and tie) made an appearance at a News Corp.-sponsored technology conference Tuesday, poking fun at News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, Glenn Beck and Fox News -- but not "Glee."

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