For only the fourth time in 70 years, the Primetime Emmy Awards are going hostless. We’re just a little over one month away from the September 22 award show and with no host in sight, Fox Entertainment chief Charlie Collier has finally confirmed what has been suspected for months. Following in the footsteps of the 2019 Academy Awards, the Emmys will be without an emcee for a night honouring the 2018-2019 TV season.
According to Collier, who spoke about the decision at the Television Critics Association press tour this week, the decision was largely based on the number of shows nominated this year that aired their finales. “If you have a host and opening number, that’s 15 or 20 minutes you can’t use to salute the shows,” said Collier, calling the decision a “tradeoff.” Game of Thrones, Fleabag, Veep, House of Cards, The Big Bang Theory and Broad City are all shows that received Emmy nods this year for their finale seasons. So, maybe Collier really does want extra time to pay homage to the Queen of the North and the Kweens of Broad City. Or, maybe it’s just becoming difficult to find a host for an award show.
The producers of the Academy Awards decided to not replace host Kevin Hart when the comedian stepped down from the prestigious gig after facing backlash for a series of homophobic tweets from 2009 which resurfaced after Hart was announced as the host. The lack of a host didn’t seem to effect this year’s Oscars and the annual show still managed to be the biggest night in Hollywood, while only going slightly beyond its three-hour running time. ABC Entertainment head Karey Burke told reporters earlier this year that the Oscars may continue to go hostless, although late night host Jimmy Kimmel is ready and waiting in the wings should they decide to go back to the old format.
As for the Primetime Emmy Awards, we’ll have to see how this year goes before the position is permanently removed from LinkedIn. The annual show previously went hostless in 1975, 1998, and 2003. The Emmys had their lowest ratings in over a decade last year with SNL comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che, but we’re sure it wasn’t them. Well, maybe it was. We’ll find out after the ratings come out for this year’s show.
The 2019 Emmy Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles with the live broadcast airing on CTV at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 22. Click here for the list of nominees.