When the Emmys like you, they really like you. Case in point: the category of Best Reality Host has only been around for 11 years but already we’ve had one person claim four victories (Jeff Probst for “Survivor” in 2008-11), another win thrice (RuPaul Charles for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2016-18) and another take home two trophies (Jane Lynch for “Hollywood Game Night” in 2014-15). Of this trio only RuPaul is nominated this year, which means a fourth triumph would tie him with Probst’s long-held Emmy record.
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At the 2019 Creative Arts ceremony RuPaul faces off against returning nominee Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”) as well as three newbies to the category: James Corden (“The World’s Best”), Marie Kondo (“Tidying Up”) and Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman (“Making It”). Strangely, Probst hasn’t been nominated since his fourth victory back in 2011 while Lynch was nominated, but lost, in both 2016 and 2018.
In terms of the shows of this year’s nominated hosts, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” by far has the most support with nine total bids including Best Competition Program. The only contender whose series has a single other Emmy nomination this year is Kondo, as “Tidying Up” is nominated for Best Structured Reality Program.
While this year marks the first nominations for Kondo and Offerman, the others are all Primetime Emmy winners. RuPaul has three for hosting and one for producing “Drag Race,” Poehler has one for hosting “Saturday Night Live” alongside Tina Fey, DeGeneres has one for writing her sitcom “Ellen,” and Corden has seven total for “The Late Late Show,” “Carpool Karaoke,” “James Corden’s Next James Corden” and the Tony Awards.
Last year after RuPaul snatched up her third trophy for hosting VH1’s reality TV show, he declared backstage, “Tell everybody at the Gold Derby I said, ‘Heeey!’ Y’all are doing a great job over at the Gold Derby. Where is the Gold Derby? It sounds like a great place to have lunch!” Watch the fun video below.
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