The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences, the fine folks behind the Emmys, have announced the 2014 inductees to the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Late night talk show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno and four-time Emmy award-winning comedy actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus were chosen to be commemorated into television history. Among the other nominees were writer-producer David E. Kelley, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, ABC executive Brandon Stoddard and the late innovator Ray Dolby. “The six individuals being inducted into the Hall of Fame have all made a profound impact on the landscape of television, leaving their own mark within our industry and with audiences around the world,” said Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “Their groundbreaking contributions will last for generations.”
Louis-Dreyfus made history earlier this year when she won her fourth Primetime Emmy, the only woman to do so, and surpassing Lucille Ball by earning a total of 14 Emmy nominations. She has also one a Golden Globe award and five SAG awards between her work on HBO’s Veep, her iconic role as Elaine on Seinfeld, and for The New Adventures of Old Christine. Not to mention her time as a cast member on the legendary show Saturday Night Live.
Jay Leno is a late night legend, having hosted The Tonight Show for more than two decades, dominating in the ratings for a majority of his reign. The induction comes at a perfect time as Leno hands off the crown to Jimmy Fallon in February after NBC’s Olympics coverage. He has won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series and has continued tirelessly as a touring stand-up comedian all over the country. Despite the late night controversy covered in Bill Carter’s War for Late Night, about when he took the show back after handing it off to Conan O’Brien, Leno will go down as one of the great talk show hosts of all time.