Producers of the Emmy Awards telecast in September have decided to do without a host so the show can devote more time to celebrating popular series that have recently ended, an executive with Fox, the network that will broadcast the show, said. Several popular and award-winning TV series concluded in 2019, including “Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Veep.”
The Emmy Awards honouring the best of television will air on 22 September.
Hollywood awards shows typically feature a celebrity host who opens the show with a monologue and then keeps the programme moving. 2019’s Emmy producers decided to forgo the host and use the time freed up to honour outgoing series, Charlie Collier, chief executive of Fox Corp’s Fox Entertainment, said.
“If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15 to 20 minutes you can’t use to salute the shows,” Collier told reporters at a Television Critics Association event. “We will go hostless this year, and I think it will give us more time to honour those shows.”
“There will be entertainment,” Collier added. “There will be an opening number. There will be surprises.”
The February ceremony for the Oscars, the film industry’s highest honours, had no host for only the second time in its history. Comedian Kevin Hart withdrew from the hosting job after past homophobic tweets resurfaced. The Oscars ceremony won praise and the US television audience jumped 12% from 2018.