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60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards To Have Five Hosts

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60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards To Have Five Hosts

 
In an unprecedented move, all five nominees in the category for Outstanding Reality/Competition Host – Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars"), Heidi Klum ("Project Runway"), Howie Mandel ("Deal or No Deal"), Jeff Probst ("Survivor") and Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol") – have been named hosts of the "60th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards," airing live from the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The Outstanding Host Reality or Reality Competition Program is a new category that was added to this year's nomination ballot.

"We're excited by the addition of this new category, as it reflects the broad appeal of reality television, and think it will be one of the most competitive moments of the night. We're thrilled to see these hosts' roles and talent recognized, and look forward to watching them do what they do best on Emmy night," said Vicki Dummer, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment.

"Reality television has grown exponentially over the past five years and it is now a bona fide programming sector. The Television Academy's decision to add this category is a reflection of the importance of this genre, and we are delighted with the Television Academy's choice of nominees," said John Shaffner, chairman and CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the "60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards," said: "As we thought about the very important role of a host for this year's show, it became more and more apparent that we should ask these people who do such great work as hosts on a weekly basis to host television's night to shine. This is what they do best, and we're convinced they'll do a great job for us on Emmy Night."

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