Fox has confirmed that this year’s Emmy Award show will not have a host.
The news was confirmed by Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier on Wednesday morning during the network’s Television Critics Association press tour.
“We’ve had a lot of names on the board [internally] but the conclusion was reached this year that we’re highlighting so many shows going away that it was a better use of the time [to focus on the shows],” Collier said. “There will be entertainment. There will be an opening number. If you look at the trade-offs in a show like the Emmys, so often its a trade-off between the opening acts and using the time elsewhere. There will be many surprises. It will be entertaining.”
Collier also added that the fact that the Oscars went without a host last February also factored into the decision, especially since the show’s ratings actually improved without a host.
“Obviously, that was a piece of information and it did do very well but I think it’s a pretty unique year for some of America’s favorite shows and it was the right thing to do,” he said.
The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held September 22, 2019, in Los Angeles.