Jeff Probst: Amazing Race should quit the Emmys
Survivor has lost the Emmy every year to The Amazing Race. And look who is none too impressed.
Survivor host Jeff Probst -who won his second Emmy as best Reality host- spoke about Survivor losing to The Amazing Race yet again. It’was its seventh consecutive win.
“Maybe Amazing Race should do what Oprah did and pull itself out of competition,” he said.
Poor ol’ Survivor has lost every damn one (and so has American Idol, Project Runway, The Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars etc).
And the reason it has won? Well you try producing a show that jets to far-flung places around the globe with only enough time to run from the airport to the hotel and back again. The logistics would be a nightmare, not to mention the language and cultural barriers that must abound. Unlike Survivor putting down its bags in a foreign land, TAR is producing on the fly.
Add to that the diversity amongst the casting on TAR. In the current season we’ve seen senior, African-American, Asian, deaf, gay contestants. Survivor had to be dragged kicking and screaming to its season in which it divisively divided into four racially-based groups some years ago.TAR has celebrated diversity since its inception.
But Jeff, we still love Survivor too. Take comfort in the fact yours is still the daddy of all reality formats, and it’s still kicking (thanks in part to many of the Aussies that work on the crew). We all wish it had a primetime screening on Nine, instead of belated seasons chucked onto GO! in an apologist move. The show’s format is a killer, and you’ve now got two Emmys under your belt as evidence of the fact that your hosting move facilitates storytelling and drama much better than Phil Keoghan’s (heck he wasn’t even nominated last year!). And he’s probably just as miffed about that as you are about TAR.
Maybe you guys need to do a swap?
Source: LA Times