Emmys will add a category for best reality show host

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor the best reality show host at the Emmys, according to a report.

They will “add a category for reality TV host to its upcoming awards,” Variety reports, as the idea “was introduced at the recent retreat of the TV Academy board of governors and, according to sources, has already been tentatively approved, pending a final vote at the next board meeting in mid-March.”

A spokesperson told the paper that discussion of possible additions are “premature,” but reports that “insiders said recognition for reality talent — considered one of TV’s hotter genres, and relatively underrepresented at the Emmys — is basically a done deal.”

If the Academy’s fanatical obsession with giving awards to The Amazing Race long after its peak is any indication, Phil Keoghan has the category locked up. Other likely nominees will be American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Ty Pennington, and Survivor‘s Jeff Probst. Julie Chen, don’t hold your breath.

Emmys may add reality host award [Variety]

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