Another awards show this year will go on without a host at the helm — this time, on television’s biggest night.
No one will lead the Emmys at the presentation on Sept. 22, Charlie Collier, chief executive of Fox Entertainment, announced Wednesday.
The Academy Awards also went hostless earlier this year after homophobic tweets surfaced from the ceremony’s host of choice, the comedian Kevin Hart, and he stepped down.
Collier said the change would allow more time in the program to pay tribute to shows that ended this year, The Associated Press reported. Several long-running — and heavily decorated — series such as “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” recently concluded their final seasons.
The Emmy broadcast rotates among the networks from year to year. When it runs on ABC, CBS or NBC, a comedian from a late-night show typically takes the reins. Last year’s ceremony on NBC was led by Michael Che and Colin Jost, who anchor the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
Fox has no late-night lineup. When the network last broadcast the Emmys, in 2015, Andy Samberg from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — then airing on Fox — hosted. NBC picked up the police sitcom when Fox canceled it last year.
The Emmys have aired without a host several times, most recently in 2003, when the show was also broadcast by Fox.
This year’s Emmy nominations were dominated by HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” with 32, the highest number for any show in a single year. HBO rang up a record 137 nominations — far more than Netflix or its other competitors — with nods also going to “Veep,” “Succession” and “Sharp Objects,” among others.