These 2 Experts have spoken: Jeff Probst (‘Survivor’) will return to the Emmy race for the first time in 8 years

RuPaul Charles is gunning to tie Jeff Probst‘s record of four Emmy wins for Best Reality Host. But could he actually do it with Probst back in the mix for the first time in eight years? That’s what two of our Experts believe.

Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) are the only Experts of the 19 currently predicting to go out on a limb for a Probst nomination. It’s a ballsy prediction since the voters have long appeared to be done with Probst.

The “Survivor” host won the first four awards in the category from 2008-11 before being unceremoniously dropped. He hasn’t been nominated since, so a return after nearly a decade out would definitely be a shock. And despite “Survivor” still going strong coming up on 40 seasons, the show itself hasn’t been nominated in Best Competition Program since 2006.

SEE Jeff Probst’s Best Reality Host Emmy record in danger? Will RuPaul Charles go 4 for 4 for ‘Drag Race’?

If Probst does make it back, it would be fitting should Charles four-peat for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Like Probst, Charles is also undefeated in the category and is seeking to go 4 for 4. There doesn’t seem to be any reason to think he won’t tie it since “Drag Race” is only picking up steam with Emmy voters; it won Best Competition Program last year to become the first show to sweep that category and host not just in the same year but ever (“Survivor” won Best Special Class Program in 2001 before the creation of the Best Competition Program category in 2003). Both Tucker and Roush have Charles winning.

Charles is in first place in our odds, followed by two-time champ Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”), the “Queer Eye” guys, Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”), and Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (“Making It”). Probst is in eighth place, also trailing W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”) and Phil Keoghan (“The Amazing Race”).

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