Emmy Winners Announced For Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Host
Tonight, the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were broadcast on ABC. Two awards were presented that have ties to what we do here on BuzzerBlog: Since the Outstanding Reality Competition award was established in 2003, CBS’s The Amazing Race has won every year except for 2010 when Top Chef took the honor. This year was nothing different. For the ninth time in ten years, the Phil Keoghan-led program took the top crown at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. This year, the reality game beat out Dancing With The Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, and The Voice.
The guaranteed surprise came in the form of the award for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality Competition Program. The Reality Host award was established in 2008 and, every year since then, Jeff Probst has won for Survivor. Interestingly enough, he was not even in the nomination field for 2012. This year’s first time winner was Tom Bergeron, taking the crown for his work on Dancing With The Stars. He hosted Hollywood Squares for six years previously, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 2000 for it, becoming the first person to win both awards. His competition this year was Betty White for Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Cat Deeley for So You Think You Can Dance, Phil Keoghan for The Amazing Race, and Ryan Seacrest for American Idol.
Congratulations to both. The Amazing Race is a fantastically produced program given all the obstacles it faces each season and Tom Bergeron has been a textbook example of a great television host for many, many years.