New Emmy Category Created For Reality-Show Host

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This year an Emmy will given out in a new award category, outstanding host for a reality or reality competition program, officials said Tuesday.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors has voted to create the new Emmy award category. The award will be presented at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, broadcast live Sept. 21 on ABC.

“Reality television has become such an integral part of television and our culture, so it only made sense for us to create this new highly competitive category,” Television Academy chairman and CEO John Shaffner said in a prepared statement.

According to the rules and regulation of the Television Academy, “Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program” (category 66) is for the proactive “master of ceremony” host and does not include reactive participants or judges. Eligibility is open to the host(s) of programs entered in the following categories: Reality Program (category 77) and Reality-Competition Program.

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