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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 Variety reported 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 Race received 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.

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