It was a close vote, but in the end 54% of Gold Derby readers declared they’re “so glad” with Fox’s decision to go hostless for the 2019 Emmys. Comparatively, 46% voted in our poll they’re “bummed” that the likes of John Mulaney and Tiffany Haddish won’t be overseeing the live ceremony on September 22. For those keeping track at home, this marks the first time in 16 years (since 2003, also a Fox year) that there’s no emcee for TV’s biggest awards show. How do you feel about this Emmys controversy? Sound off in the comments section with your snappy judgments.
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, who’s new to the Emmys, announced earlier this month, “This is a pretty unique year for some of America’s favorite shows, and I think the producers came to the conclusion that spending more time on those shows … was the way to go.” In other words, he doesn’t want to spend time on a host’s monologue and introductions of presenters when those minutes could be spent honoring departing series like “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
“Emmy producers had several names they wanted to reach out to, but ultimately no one made any calls,” Collier revealed. Recent Emmy hosts have included the likes of Michael Che and Colin Jost (2018), Stephen Colbert (2017), Jimmy Kimmel (2016, 2012), Andy Samberg (2015), Seth Meyers (2014), Neil Patrick Harris (2013, 2009) and Jane Lynch (2011).
Collier conceded he was partially swayed by ABC’s 2019 Oscar telecast, which opted not to have a host for the first time in 30 years (since 1989). Ratings improved 11% year-to-year for that ceremony … of course, that could have been the result of blockbusters like “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “A Star Is Born” and “Green Book” all winning awards.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Fox. “Game of Thrones” leads all programs with 32 nominations, followed by “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (20), “Chernobyl” (19), “Saturday Night Live” (18), “Barry” (17), “Fosse/Verdon” (17) and “When They See Us” (16). What shows are YOU rooting for to win?
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 22. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.