The 2017 Creative Arts Emmys will be doled out Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10. Among the dozens of categories that will be presented is Best Reality Host, which last year went to RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”). Charles is predicted to reign supreme once again with leading 11/10 odds, according to exclusive Gold Derby predictions. The other nominees this year are Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”), W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America”), Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), Gordon Ramsay (“MasterChef Junior”) and Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg (“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party”).
Charles comes into this year’s race with a much more widely popular and industry-respected show. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” had just two Emmy bids in 2016, but now it has eight, including its first ever bid for Best Reality Competition Program. Can Charles win back-to-back as Best Reality Host?
Baldwin is a two-time Emmy winner for “30 Rock” (2008 and 2009), but this is his first bid for hosting ABC’s reboot of the popular game show “Match Game.” He has 3/1 odds to win. Also in Baldwin’s favor is the fact that he’s nominated for playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” in the Best Comedy Supporting Actor race.
Also at 3/1 odds is Ramsay, who enjoys his first career Emmy nomination after spending nearly two decades working in reality TV. The veteran television chef best known for his tirades against grown-up participants in reality shows like “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef.”
Finally, there is a three-way tie for last place with Bell, Klum/Gunn and Stewart/Snoop all coming in at 10/3 odds.
Bell is also nominated for producing CNN’s thought-provoking unstructured reality program “United Shades of America.” While the popular comedian has yet to win an Emmy, the serious nature of his program could help push him over the edge.
Klum and Gunn have been nominated as a hosting duo for “Project Runway” for the past five years, winning in 2013. The fact that their Lifetime reality TV show is once again nominated for Best Reality-Competition Program (its 13th nomination) doesn’t hurt.
Stewart and Snoop are most definitely the wild cards in the race. While some voters likely haven’t seen VH1’s silly reality program, they could win based on name recognition alone. Even we’re dying to see Martha and Snoop up on that Emmy stage!
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