FOX is Gearing Up to Host the Emmys — Without a Host

Ken Jeong and D'Arcy Carden at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement, Los Angeles, July 2019. Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock (10337951l)

The Oscars didn’t have a host this year, and now neither will the Emmys!

While Kevin Hart’s decision to withdraw as host of the Academy Awards was surrounded by controversy, the Emmys appear to be doing so for the sake of the nominees.

“What’s interesting about this year to me is how many amazing shows we’re saying goodbye to,” said CEO of FOX Entertainment, Charlie Collier. “We’ve got Game of Thrones, our own Empire, Veep, and Big Bang Theory. So this is new to me, I’ve never worked on the Emmys before. You really have to look at all the trade offs. If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15-20 minutes you can’t use to salute the shows.”

2018’s ceremony was aired by NBC, with FOX taking over broadcasting duties this year.

“We’re so proud to host the Emmys, but no one will say ‘That is Fox’s Emmy’s.’ We’re happy to have it this year, we’ll pass it on to another network partner next year — so our job is to assess how to elevate the program in the year we’re lucky enough to broadcast it.”

The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled for September 22nd.