To make time for Neil Patrick Harris to dance with the nominated choreographers on this year’s Emmycast, the Reality Host award will be shifted to the Creative Arts ceremony. Those kudos take place on Sept. 15, one week before the Emmys on CBS, and will air on the new FXX network as the beginning of a three-year deal.
The reality host category has had a tumultuous time since it was introduced in 2008. The five inaugural nominees — Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars“), Heidi Klum (“Project Runway“), Howie Mandel (“Deal or No Deal”), Jeff Probst (“Survivor“) and Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol“) — emceed the Emmys that year to savage reviews.
Emmy enthusiasts blame this new award for the discontinuance of the Individual Variety/Music Performance category, which was handed out for the last time in 2008. Conversely, reality TV fans reacted negatively when the presentation of the prize was relegated to the Creative Arts ceremony in 2010 and 2011.
While Probst owned this Emmy for its first four years, he has been snubbed for the past two. Reigning champ Bergeron defends his title this year and is pegged by our racetrack odds as the clear frontrunner.
He contends against seven-time also-ran Seacrest, Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance“) who hopes that third time is the charm, Betty White who repeats for the recently axed “Off Their Rockers”), first-time contender Anthony Bourdain (“The Taste“) and Klum, who returned to the race after being snubbed in 2011 and 2012 by teaming with Tim Gunn.
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