It’s official: The Emmys will not have a host this year.
The news was announced by Fox CEO Charlie Collier on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills.
The move follows the Oscars going hostless last February after planned host Kevin Hart dropped out amid controversy about some of his older jokes.
Oscars’ ratings actually improved without a host, and one critic asked Collier if the Academy Awards ratings uptick inspired Fox to dump the Emmy host too.
“Obviously, that was a piece of information and it did do very well but I think it’s a pretty unique year for some of America’s favorite shows and it was the right thing to do,” he said.
Collier was also asked if anybody was asked to host the show (and then, presumably, turned the gig down).
“We’ve had a lot of names on the board [internally] but the conclusion was reached this year that we’re highlighting so many shows going away that it was a better use of the time [to focus on the shows],” he said. “There will be entertainment. There will be an opening number. If you look at the trade-offs in a show like the Emmys so often its a trade-off between the opening acts and using the time elsewhere. There will be many surprises. It will be entertaining.”
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 22, 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
More to come…
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