Emmys to go hostless this year following Oscars success

This year’s Emmy Awards will not feature a host but will instead focus on celebrating the shows themselves, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said the decision was made to spotlight all of the star-studded shows that ended in 2019 and cited the decision to not have a host for the last Oscars.

"It's our job to assess how to elevate the program ... and what's interesting about this year is how many amazing shows we're saying goodbye to: Game of Thrones, Empire, Veep, Big Bang Theory," Collier said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

"You have to look at tradeoffs, if you have host and opening number that's 15 minutes you don't have to celebrate the shows," he continued. "Our production team has had to balance those tradeoffs. I think it will give us more time to honor those shows." 

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"The Oscars did very well," Collier added, citing the film award show’s higher ratings last year. Comedian Kevin Hart stepped down as host after a controversy over anti-LGBTQ tweets he had shared. "That was something we paid attention to. This is a unique year for some of America's favorite shows and producers came to the conclusion that spending more time on those was the right thing to do.” 

This is not the first time the show will premiere without a host, having done so most recently in 2003. The show also went without a host in 1998 and 1976. NBC hosted the event last year with two hosts, comedians Michael Che and Colin Jost of “Saturday Night Live."

The hit show “Game of Thrones” received a record-breaking 32 Emmy nominations earlier this year. Other leading shows included Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” up for 19 awards, and HBO’s “Chernobyl,” up for 18. 

Several of the shows nominated this year take on politics, like “Game of Thrones,” which many have seen as a political metaphor, and “Veep” which features Julia Louis-Dreyfus poking fun at life inside the Beltway. Robert De Niro has also received a nomination for his cameo appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” impersonating former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE.