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Survivor Host Jeff Probst’s Torch Surprisingly Snuffed Out By Emmy Nominations

July 19, 2012 03:19 PM by Ryan Haidet

It looks as if the tribe has spoken as the Emmy nominations Thursday morning snubbed Survivor host Jeff Probst.  The long-time reality host has won the award every year since the Emmy category for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program was introduced four years ago.  How is this even possible?  How can somebody like Probst have a clean sweep and then be completely ignored?  Just seems very strange to me, especially considering the other nominees who were put up in his place — several of them being losers to Probst in previous years.  So who is up for the award this year since Probst has been booted from the battle?  Read on to find out!

Those up for the Emmy for best reality host include:

Seriously?  Betty White?  Don’t get me wrong, I think Betty White is hysterical.  She’s perfect for that show.  But her part on it as host is short, minor and only in place so NBC has name recognition on the always-silly hidden-camera show.  Plus, unlike the others nominated in the category, her part is heavily scripted for the show.  Hell, we cover loads of reality shows on this site and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers doesn’t even have a category on our page.  I just don’t think it makes any sense to have her nominated in a reality show category.  Sorry, Emmy folks.  You messed this one up.

As for the other nominees, I don’t think Phil Keoghan’s role on The Amazing Race is anything special.  His lines are also scripted with the exception of when the contestants check in at the end of a leg.  I think he personifies the show, but his nomination is also questionable.

It’s also worth mentioning that Keoghan, Seacrest, Bergeron and Deeley have all lost to Probst in previous years.  What suddenly makes them more outstanding hosts than Probst, the guy worthy of winning it four straight years?  They aren’t.  While Survivor definitely had two lackluster seasons in a row, Probst is still the best host on reality television.  No question.  Despite the awful seasons, Probst was still a good host even though some fans think he’s obnoxious during challenges.

This nomination snub really does blow me away because Probst’s hosting role on Survivor is unlike any of the other shows included in this category.  His role is absolutely critical from start to finish.  Hosts like Bergeron, Seacrest and Deeley are mainly there reading prompter, driving the program from element to element.  Definitely not in the same league as Probst.  His skills shown at every Tribal Council are eons above everybody else.

What do you think?  Did the nominations pick the right contenders?  Do you think Probst should be included this year?  Which of the nominees do you think should win?  Sound off and leave a comment below!

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5 Responses to “Survivor Host Jeff Probst’s Torch Surprisingly Snuffed Out By Emmy Nominations”

  1. Betsy Says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Totally agree with you Ryan!

  2. ROSEMARY Says:
    July 22nd, 2012 at 1:38 pm


  3. Sonya Says:
    July 26th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I see politics once again in Hollywood. Jeff is so the one who deserves this!!!!

  4. AngD Says:
    July 29th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I wonder if Mr Probst asked to not be nominated, instead of appearing ‘greedy’

  5. Apskip Says:
    August 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    The winner should be Phil Keoghan, who has been the best host for the past decade despite not being recognized for that.


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