Reuters Beverly Hills
Aug 08, 2019, 07.28 AM
Producers of the Emmy Awards telecast next month have decided to do without a host so the show can devote more time to celebrating popular series that have recently ended, an executive with Fox, the network that will broadcast the show, said on Wednesday.
Hollywood awards shows typically feature a celebrity host who opens the show with a monologue and then keeps the programme moving. This year`s Emmy producers decided to forgo the host and use the time freed up to honour outgoing series, Charlie Collier, chief executive of Fox Corp`s Fox Entertainment, said.
"If you have a host and an opening number, that`s 15 to 20 minutes you can`t use to salute the shows," Collier told reporters at a Television Critics Association event. "We will go hostless this year, and I think it will give us more time to honour those shows."
"There will be entertainment," Collier added. "There will be an opening number. There will be surprises."