April 22, 2008 08:00 PM by Joe Reality
Last year, Ryan Seacrest hosted the Emmy Awards. This year, he might have a shot at winning an Emmy Award. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors has decided to recognize one of the most overlooked and thankless jobs in television.
It’s hard work stretching a ten second elimination into an hour long show, and it’s about time someone recognized that fact. The Academy has created a new award category for “Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.” The first ever award in this new category will be presented at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards airing on Sunday, September 21 from 8 PM to 11 PM ET on ABC.
John Shaffner, the Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said, “Reality television has become such an integral part of television and our culture, so it only made sense for us to create this new highly competitive category.”
Even though Seacrest might take home an Emmy for the way he gave Michael Johns hope by mentioning how no one was eliminated last year during Idol Gives Back before telling him goodbye, Simon Cowell will still go unrecognized for telling contestants they sound like drunk wedding singers. The rules and regulation state that the new category is for the proactive “master of ceremony” host, which specifically does not include “reactive participants or judges.”
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