Jeff Probst won’t attend the Emmys because of host award’s demotion

The Academy’s decision to cut the best reality show host Emmy from the prime-time telecast Aug. 29 and move it to the Creative Arts awards a week earlier means that Survivor host Jeff Probst will not be there to accept if he wins his third consecutive award.

The Survivor Nicaragua production schedule was arranged so Probst could fly from Nicaragua to L.A. for the Emmys and return without his absence affecting the show, “but it’s too late for us to change our shooting schedule again,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s disappointing news. Collectively, this category represents several of the highest-rated and most popular shows on all of television.”

His boss, CBS VP of reality Jen Bresnan, called it “the latest slap in the face to the genre. These shows have brought new and younger viewers to television, it’s really a shame.”

Bravo’s Andy Cohen suggested that the change had to do with the reality show hosts’ disastrous hosting experience two years ago. “Maybe I’m a conspiracy theorist, but it seems like five really talented hosts are being punished for that ill-advised opening monologue two years ago, or maybe there’s just no time,” he told the paper. “For placement in the Shmemmys, I’d nominate that category where they award other award shows — I have never understood that.”

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