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The Emmys: Hosts, hosts everywhere

September 22, 2008

klumpants.jpgFor the 60th Emmy Awards , the show’s organizers made a bold decision to scrap the one-host format typical of awards shows.

Instead, they opted for not one, but five hosts — the five being Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol,” Heidi Klum of “Project Runway,” Tom Bergeron of “Dancing with the Stars,” Howie Mandel of “Deal or No Deal,” and Jeff Probst of “Survivor.” All were nominated for the newly-created category award for the best host of a reality or competition series.

As the show opened, the five-host strategy appeared to be a case of too many cooks spoiling the soup. After entering together in matching suits (including supermodel Klum, who towered over her co-hosts), the five Emmy hosts admitted that they had nothing prepared and were therefore winging it.

“We are like Sarah Palin’s bridge to nowhere,” Mandel joked.

klumbergeron.jpgIt was the only joke.

To close out their opening bit, the hosts resorted to a cheap gag — ripping Klum’s pants off. The “monologue” ended with Klum standing on stage in a skimpy black lace outfit with Bergeron and “Boston Legal” star William Shatner.

Yes, William Shatner. We’re still trying to figure out what he was doing up there.

At the end of the show, Probst took home the “Host of all Hosts” Emmy for “Survivor,” which he has hosted since 2000.

“The Amazing Race,” however, took home the award for best reality series for the sixth straight year, leaving top-rated “American Idol” in the dust once again. “The Amazing Race” has won the best reality show Emmy for as long as that category has existed. In a world where there are so many reality shows, what gives?


worst hosts EVER of any awards show!!! It was a disaster, please never again………….

Posted by Joy | Report as abusive

its ashaming hosts ever done..lets prevent situations like this

Posted by mich | Report as abusive

ya, I wasnt really impressed with the hosts.

Posted by esther | Report as abusive

YIKES! The opening was boring & tasteless; Howie Mandel is a GAME show host, not a reality show host; all I could do was shake my head and wonder why “reality show host” was even a category….and who produced this mess??

Posted by lynne | Report as abusive

And yes: Howie Mandel: A, tasty cream puff and yes we msut confer!!!!


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