Report: Academy tentatively approves new reality TV host Emmy Award
By Christopher Rocchio, 02/27/2008
Now Phil Keoghan will apparently be able to win his own Emmy Award every year.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences plans to add a category recognizing reality television hosts, Daily Varietyreported Tuesday.
The new category was unveiled at a recent retreat for the Academy's board of governors, and sources told Variety it's already been tentatively approved pending a final vote at the board's next meeting in mid-March.
An Academy of Television Arts & Sciences spokeswoman told Variety it was "premature" to discuss the category's addition, however "organization insiders" added with the continued recognition of reality television by the board, it's "basically a done deal."
Unlike the Daytime Emmys -- which include categories recognizing game and talk show hosts -- there is no equivalent for reality hosts at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Keoghan-hosted The Amazing Racereceived Outstanding Reality-competition Program honors during last September's broadcast of the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards -- the fifth year in a row that the CBS show has captured the award. The Amazing Race remains the only show to win the award since the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences first created the category five years ago.