It’s official: televised award shows no longer need hosts.
Following ABC’s decision earlier this year to proceed without a host for the Academy Awards, Fox is following suit by ditching the host for the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards.
During Wednesday’s Fox executive session at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Los Angeles, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier confirmed that there would not be a host when the network airs this year’s Emmys.
“Our job is to assess how to elevate the program in the year we’re lucky enough to broadcast it,” Collier told reporters, according to Variety. “What’s interesting to me this year is how many shows we’re saying goodbye to. You have to look at the trade-off. If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15-20 minutes that you don’t have to salute the shows.”
While Collier said that nobody was ever asked to host, there were internal network discussions about potential names before the decision was made to go host-free.
“We’ve had a lot of names on the board,” he said. “But the conclusion we’ve reached is that in this year when we’re highlighting so many shows that are going away, that it would be a really strategic use of the Emmys to not have a host.”
On Monday, Jimmy Kimmel appeared at the TCA press tour and addressed questions about the apparent no-host trend for award shows.
“It is a no-win type situation,” said Kimmel, who has hosted both the Emmys and the Oscars. “It’s a very difficult job, and even when it seems like it was great, you then go home and go, like, ‘Oh, some people didn’t think it was great.’ So if you don’t care about what people say, I think it’s a good gig. I do. So, for me, it’s kind of a f**king nightmare.”
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, Sept. 22.