Emmys May Add Award For Reality Hosts

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Brian Lowry Variety

Ryan Seacrest, Jeff Probst and their brethren will soon have a shot at becoming individual Emmy winners as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will reportedly add a category for reality TV host to its upcoming awards.

The honor was introduced at the recent retreat of the TV Academy board of governors and, according to sources, has already been tentatively approved, pending a final vote at the next board meeting in mid-March. A TV Acad spokeswoman said it was "premature" to discuss any changes to the awards, but organization insiders said recognition for reality talent -- considered one of TV's hotter genres, and relatively underrepresented at the Emmys -- is basically a done deal.

The Daytime Emmys have long featured categories for talk and gameshow hosts, but there has been no equivalent at the primetime awards, despite the popularity of programs such as "Survivor," hosted by Probst, and "American Idol," fronted by Seacrest.

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