LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards will have to make do without a host during its televised broadcast, for the first time since 2013.
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier revealed the news on Wednesday morning during Fox’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour.
Collier said that the decision not to include a host will allow the telecast more time to focus on the awards and honorees.
“Our job is to assess how to elevate the program in the year we’re lucky enough to broadcast it. What’s interesting to me this year is how many shows we’re saying goodbye to. You have to look at the trade-off. If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15-20 minutes that you don’t have to salute the shows,” Collier said.
Fox was first reported to be weighing leaving the hosting gig empty for 2019 was first reported in June by Variety, who noted that Fox seemed to be trying to shake the format up for 2019. Ratings for the award show, like many such programs, has been falling in recent years, down from a high of 21.8 million viewers in 2000 to 10.1 million viewers last year.
As Variety noted, Fox also took the unusual step of pairing two producers to oversee this year’s telecast – Don Mischer Productions and Done+Dusted.
The 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 22nd from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast by Fox.