As Gold Derby predicted, RuPaul Charles has just won his second Emmy Award as Best Reality Host for the VH1/Logo competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He was not on-hand to accept the trophy. Charles had leading 11/10 odds to prevail heading into the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 9. While Charles’ back-to-back victory is a feat worthy of his own trademark “Condragulations!” he’s actually two trophies away from the all-time record in this relatively new category.
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“Survivor” host Jeff Probst took home a whopping four consecutive Emmys between 2008 and 2011, and no one’s even come close to toppling that record in the years since. Like Charles, Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”) also won two Emmys (2014-2015) as Best Reality Host. And the other one-time champions in this decade-old Emmy category are Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) in 2012 and Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) in 2013.
At this year’s ceremony RuPaul Charles faced off against fellow Best Reality Host contenders 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 was Gold Derby’s frontrunner thanks in part to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” exploding in popularity and industry acclaim. The show had just two Emmy bids in 2016, but now it has eight, including its first ever nom for Best Reality Competition Program, which will be announced at the Primetime Emmy ceremony on September 17.
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