We asked if nine-time Variety Series champ "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' should drop out of this Emmy race and 55% of you said yes. (For those who haven't voted, the poll is at the bottom of this post.)
There is plenty of precedent for bowing out of Emmy contention. After winning five Comedy Actress awards for "Murphy Brown," Candice Bergen stopped competing. And three-time Drama Actor winner Bill Cosby ("I Spy," 1966-1968) never put his name forward for his huge hit "The Cosby Show." Over at the Daytime Emmys, talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres both stopped competing after winning the hosting award numerous times.
Our forum posters have been having a heated debate about this issue. Below, just a sample of their comments. Have your say here.
thedemonhog: The Daily Show is a shell of its former self and has not deserved many of its trophies, but I am never a fan of people taking themselves out of contention because it cheapens wins. Also, the academy needs to recognize their overkill themselves instead of someone else doing it for them.
221BSam: "The Colbert Report" can be much funnier sometimes but that can be due to "The Daily Show" having to cover more sombre topics & politics then Colbert. "TDS" totally deserves all the awards it gets, I do feel for Stephen & his team every year though, especially as to me "TCR" is more of a variety show. "TCR" gets it's fair share of recognition too, maybe from different bodies, and I don't think "TCR" would want the win if it was 'easy'
FrozenBarbie: As long as "TDS" continues to produce the best variety show on television, it doesn't bother me in the least that they keep winning. Good for them, I say. As for taking themselves out of competition, that can also send the wrong message ... like they are that sure they'd win again. It comes off as too presumptuous. You also invite comments like, "Well, they only won because "TDS" withdrew." That's not good.
FilmTurtle: I'm of two minds on situations like this one. On the one hand, it's not "TDS"'s fault the Emmys keep voting for them. They enter the race and enough voters pick them over the other contenders, period. It's not on them to force Emmy voters to consider another show.
On the other hand, it's a classy thing to say, "We've been richly rewarded by our peers, thank you," and bow out of the race. They could also decide not submit in the Variety Series category but still enter in the writing, directing and other tech categories. If you win 9-10 years in a row, you've left your mark.