Presence averts snub to reality genre

Emmy’s reality host crisis has been averted.

Jeff Probst, the winner of this year’s reality host Emmy (his third consecutive victory), has accepted an invitation to present an award at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy telecast.

That will give the TV’s nommed reality hosts their moment in the Primetime spotlight after all.

The nominees, including Probst, balked after NBC and the TV Academy decided to move the reality TV host award out of primetime — where the category had been showcased since its 2008 inception.

Probst and fellow Emmy nominees Tom Bergeron, Phil Keoghan, Heidi Klum and Ryan Seacrest weren’t informed of the change until late July, less than a month before NBC’s Emmycast.

In shifting the award out of the Primetime show, the Academy said it wasn’t required to hand out the reality host Emmy during the live telecast. Looking to trim the number of Emmys handed out during the NBC broadcast, the reality host award was an easy way to go.

Instead, the category was handed out Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmys. Although registering his objections, Probst was still on hand to accept his prize.

Now, Probst will be recognized on the main Emmycast as well. By giving Probst a presenter slot, the Acad is mirroring what it does with the guest actor and actress categories. Those Emmys are also handed out during the Creative Arts show, but the guest thesp nominees are still mentioned during the Primetime Emmys, as the winners are brought out onstage to hand out an award.

In giving Probst a Primetime Emmy showcase, the Academy is also acknowledging that the host and his fellow reality nominees front some of TV’s most popular series — and are better known and watched by more viewers than contenders in many of the other categories.

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