The annual ceremony – which recognises excellence in television – will take place next month without a main anchor because producers would rather use the event to highlight some of the huge shows which have ended for good in recent months.Charlie Collier, Fox Entertainment CEO, explained during the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour:
“We’ve been working hard on the Emmys, and the Emmys will go hostless this year.
“Our job is to assess how to elevate the program in the year we’re lucky enough to broadcast it.
“What’s interesting about this year to me is how many amazing shows we’re saying goodbye to. You’ve got ‘Game of Thrones’, our own ‘Empire’, ‘Veep’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’.
“You really do have to look at all the trade-offs.
“If you have a host and an opening number, that’s 15, 20 minutes you can’t use to [honour] the shows. I look at the honour that is broadcasting the Emmys… and our production team… really have had to balance those trade-offs. We will go hostless this year, and I think it will give us more time to honour those shows.”
And the executive admitted the decision was also helped by the fact the Oscars telecast saw an increase in ratings after going hostless.
He said: “That was a piece of information we gathered and looked at, and it did do very well. It was certainly something we paid attention to.”
The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on 22 September.