Jeff Probst never removed himself from the running for Emmy award for outstanding reality show host, though he hasn’t been nominated for the past five years, and there’s been a persistent rumor that he removed himself from consideration after his four consecutive wins.
Probst told Rob Owen, “That’s a funny story that has continued to circulate, but has absolutely no truth to it. I assure you I never pulled myself out of the running; maybe I just overstayed my welcome!”
Probst won the first reality TV host Emmy in 2008, and then won again in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
He was not nominated in 2012, and has not been nominated since. In other words, he won every year he was nominated. Back then, at TCA, Probst said, “I’m so grateful for the love I’ve received from the Emmys. I didn’t feel snubbed at all. It’s never a certainty to be nominated—there are lots of factors involved. And this is the genuine truth: I’m happy for those who are nominated because it’s a blast to go, and it’s really fun to win.”
Probst is one of the 70 people eligible to be nominated for the reality host Emmy this year, meaning he was submitted for consideration. (He was also on the list in 2016 and in 2015, when I compiled lists of all eligible nominees.) Voting ends June 26.
In Variety, Rob Owen talks to several potential and past nominees, including Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, and RuPaul Charles. The Wall and @midnight host Chris Hardwick best describes what I think is required of a host:
“Rather than just disappearing into what the TelePrompTer says, it’s about being engaged in the moment and being present with what’s happening and having a real conversation. Every show is a different organism and you have to be flexible and open to listening to whatever it is the show needs and wants from you.”