Reality host nominees to co-host Emmys

Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:52pm EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A week ago, they found out they are the first ever Emmy nominees in the new category of best reality host.

But instead of enjoying the show in the audience, Ryan Seacrest ("American Idol"), Jeff Probst ("Survivor"), Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars"), Howie Mandel ("Deal or No Deal") and Heidi Klum ("Project Runway") will have to work.

The five have been named co-hosts for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will take place September 21 at the Nokia Theatre and will be broadcast on ABC.

As they were looking at potential hosts, Emmy producers focused their attention on the new reality hosts category.

"It was pretty obvious," executive producer Ken Ehrlich said.

But they didn't make any move until July 17 when the nominations were announced.

"When we saw the nominees (in the category), they turned out to be such a perfect group of people," he said.

Seacrest, Probst, Bergeron, Mandel and Klum, who know each other well, were approached and quickly agreed to come on board.   Continued...

<p>American Idol host Ryan Seacrest listens during Comcast CEO Brian Robert's keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in this file photo from January 8, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>