RuPaul Charles is attempting to tie Jeff Probst‘s record of four Emmy wins for Best Reality Host, but is his own second-place record actually in danger? While the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host is still the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth straight Emmy, one of our Emmy experts is banking on Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”) to prevail and join Charles as three-time champs.
Lynch, who is in second place in our odds, has the support of Mary Murphy (Gold Derby). The only other contender that is earmarked for an upset is the “Queer Eye” quintet, the choice of Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes). Charles is the predicted winner for the other 17 of our Experts.
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A Lynch prediction is not a terrible one since she’s already a two-time winner in the category (2014, ’15) and is the last person not named RuPaul Charles to prevail. The former “Glee” star was also the first person since Probst to win multiple host Emmys, when she defended her crown in 2015. She also has two other statuettes for “Glee” (2010) and her short form series “Dropping the Soap” (2017), so she’s arguably an Emmy darling. Lynch, who’s the current Best Comedy Guest Actress favorite for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” has come up short against Charles the last two times they’ve faced off in 2016 and ’18. So yes, Charles was the one who ended Lynch’s win streak. Maybe Lynch can return the favor?
Working against Lynch is the fact that no one has won non-consecutive Emmys in this category. Probst was dropped and hasn’t been nominated since his fourth victory in 2011. One-time champs Tom Bergeron (“Dancing with the Stars”) and the duo of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) have yet to win again. But there is a first time for everything.
The “Queer Eye” guys are third in our odds, followed by Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”), and Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (“Making It”).
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