Cedric the Entertainer will take the stage as host for the first time at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. At the Paired Down pandemic celebration, comedians will honor television by mocking their stars. As he prepares to make his hosting debut, revisit the hosts who have repeatedly returned to the Emmys stage.
Johnny Carson Hosted the Most Primetime Emmy Awards
Of all the Emmy hosts in its 73-year history, none is more prolific than Johnny Carson. He hosted the award show for the first time in 1971 and made frequent comebacks for the next three years. as the host of The Tonight Show, Carson took home six Emmys, so it’s no surprise that he successfully hosted the awards ceremony.
In 1972, the new York Times lashed out at the ceremony for “sweet acceptance speeches and pathetic entertainment.” Nevertheless, he gave Carson good reviews, writing that the evening “only received professional support from Johnny Carson as host.” Her routine “surrounded by disaster” was a bright spot. Then it makes sense that the show brought him back for another two years.
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the most recent Emmy Awards
In recent years, Jimmy Kimmel has established himself as a familiar face at the Emmy Awards. They hosted for the first time in 2012, with subsequent appearances in 2016 and 2020. She received rave reviews for her 2016 hosting job and took on the daunting task of hosting “The Pandemies”.
Kimmel cracked jokes to the audience of cardboard cutouts (and Jason Bateman), primarily at the virtual ceremony. Armed with Lysol, Kimmel made quarantine jokes and honored essential workers.
Ellen DeGeneres hosted a challenging ceremony
Another three-time host, Ellen DeGeneres took the Emmys stage in 1994, 2001 and 2005. Although she made audiences laugh in each appearance, her best hosting job was at the 2001 Emmy Awards.
The 4 November celebrations were canceled twice after the 11 September attacks. DeGeneres had a tough job, but she cleverly incorporated humor into her routine. after the ceremony entertainment weekly review said that “[DeGeneres hosted] With such sheer grace that it inspired a spontaneous standing ovation at the end of last night’s Emmys broadcast.
Neil Patrick Harris’s musical host stuns the audience
In his two times as Emmys host, Neil Patrick Harris managed to kickstart the ceremony with versatile musical performances. He hosted first in 2009, then in 2013. Although he received mixed reviews for his hosting—particularly on the 2013 show—critics agreed that his musical opener was exciting.
In both, he brought the musical energy typically reserved for the Tony Awards. Their opening song of 2009, “Put Down the Remote”, garnered celebrities and audiences to stay connected. In 2013, he managed to make the audience laugh with a song about the canceled TV show.
Conan O’Brien’s comedy made him a two-time successful host
Conan O’Brien also received Emmy Awards twice, in 2002 and 2006. Comedians were already successful late night And further proved her hosting chops at both Emmy ceremonies.
In his 2002 opener, he “fell in love” with Jennifer Aniston through awkward exchanges. Then, in 2006, he paid tribute Lost, The Office, 24, House, South Park, And dateline In a pre-taped segment. a review from Hollywood Reporter stated that “O’Brien was at his best at the start of the telecast, when it mattered most.”
Ryan Seacrest’s ‘Idol’ Host Leads to Emmys Gig
In 2007 and 2008, Ryan Seacrest took his American Idol hosting skills to the Emmy Awards. She also worked on the red carpet before stepping on stage. To LA Times, he even joked about it in his opener, pointing to the previous hosts, saying, “Sure, they were hilarious, but did any of them show up four hours early to host the red carpet pre-show? Will happen?”
Critics agreed that Seacrest’s 2007 hosting was overwhelming, but the 2008 show fell completely flat. Hosted by Seacrest, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Tom Bergeron, the ceremony was the lowest-rated Emmys ever. Written by Alan Sepinwall star laser That it was “the worst hosting job in Emmys history—a flop so bad they needed five people to pull it off.”
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