September 21st, 2008
06:29 PM ET

The hosts

The five co-hosts for tonight’s Emmy telecast are walking the red carpet now - Heidi Klum of “Project Runway," Jeff Probst of “Survivor," Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol,” Howie Mandel of “Deal or No Deal” and Tom Bergeron of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Usually the network airing the Emmys (it rotates yearly between the big four) recruits one of their own stars to host, but ABC is doing something unusual by turning the show over to these five. It’s a gamble, because none of them is particularly known for their comedic skills (with the exception of Mandel, who started in standup).

It could be a sign of desperation as the Emmys tries to drum up interest in a show that had its second-lowest ratings ever last year. The five are also competing tonight in the category of “Best Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.” I guess if Probst loses he will have to immediately leave the tribal council, pack his bags and go home.

- Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer


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  1. Joe

    This was nothing short of painful to watch.

    September 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan

    Shame on the Academy for letting those five over-priced, under talented "hosts" waste the veiwer's time with their inane comments about nothing. Who let these five loose with a blank teleprompter? The producer should be fired and hang his head in shame for that three hour "mess" they called The Emmy Telecast.

    September 22, 2008 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joy

    This was painful to watch. Worst hosts ever! Please get Ellen or Conan next year, or anyone, just not these 5 idiots please for the love of god, it was terrible!

    September 21, 2008 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |

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