Producers of the Emmy Awards telecast next month have decided that the show would do without a host this year.
This is to ensure that the show can devote more time to celebrating popular series that have recently ended.
The CEO of fox Entertainment, (the network that will broadcast the show ), Charlie Collier said producers decided to forgo the host and use the time freed up to honor outgoing series.
Several popular and award-winning TV series concluded this year, including “Game of Thrones,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Veep.” The Emmy Awards honoring the best of television will air on Sept. 22.
Hollywood awards shows typically feature a celebrity host who opens the show with a monologue and then keeps the program moving.
“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 honor those shows.”
“There will be entertainment,” Collier added. “There will be an opening number. There will be surprises.”
The February ceremony for the Oscars, the film industry’s highest honors, had no host for only the second time
in its history. Comedian Kevin Hart withdrew from the hosting job after past homophobic tweets resurfaced.
The Oscars ceremony won praise and the U.S. television audience jumped 12 percent from the previous year.