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Jeff Probst has dominated the “Outstanding Reality Host” category since 2008, the year it was introduced.  However, in a shocking turn of events, the Television Academy snubbed both Probst and Survivor this year, leaving the door wide open for someone else to take home the Emmy.  Could this be Ryan Seacrest’s year? I hope so! No, I’m not kidding.

Speaking of Seacrest, the American Idol host managed to snag a nomination this year despite the show getting left out of the “Reality Competition Program.”  Say what you want about American Idol getting worse each year, but Ry Ry’s performance is always entertaining and if you don’t know what I mean just watch Carson Daly on The Voice.   Hosting a live show each week presents its challenges, whether it’s wrangling the incoherent judge or smoothing over an awkward moment, even if you helped create it (Ryan tends to do that sometimes).  With some alleged format and judging panel changes slated for next season, Ryan Seascrest has in some sense become the backbone and one constant of the show.  Ryan isn’t going away and no one wants him to.

If Academy voters can’t vote for Jeff Probst, the next best thing is New Zealand TV personality Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race. Keoghan has a chance to win the award based on his love of Probst-like neck jewelry alone, not to mention the major Emmy clout fan favorite The Amazing Race has, winning eight awards for “Outstanding Reality Competition Program.”  So does Keoghan have a chance? I’d say he certainly does, although I don’t know if he’s the most worthy.

For the second consecutive year, So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley is honored with a nomination.  The British beauty has always been more worthy than Heidi Klum because she does more than read from a teleprompter.  She anchors a live program every week with a certain level of class even though she has to interact with “cray cray” judge Mary Murphy. Cat probably won’t win, but it would be a nice surprise if a woman who hosts a live telecast gets the award.

This is the fifth nomination for Tom Bergeron in this category and though he may have a co-host, Brooke Burke, in all honesty she doesn’t do much but show off her ability to never age.  Bergeron carries the live two-hour show with plenty of witty remarks and fake enthusiasm for awkward performances and terrible costumes.  He even managed to not laugh when Nancy Grace had her nip-slip on air.  I mean can you get any more professional than that?  Bergeron is worthy of the Emmy, but it’s unlikely that he’ll win because Emmy voters can’t seem to get past the excessive sequins and spray tans that go along with watching Dancing With the Stars.

To the dismay of Probst fans, Betty White has replaced him on the nominee list this year for Off Their Rockers, a hidden camera show where old people pull of hilarious pranks. Now I love Betty White and I seriously don’t know a person who doesn’t, but I also don’t know a person who watched this show.  Betty earned this nomination off of legacy alone and that’s great, but she doesn’t deserve to win.

So who does deserve to win? I’d say Seacrest, Bergeron or Deeley, and it truly is anyone’s for the taking.  However, if there is one who has a slight advantage, it’s Keoghan since The Amazing Race is an Emmy favorite.