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Fox also doesn’t have a traditional late-night franchise — which is typically the first place a network looks for a potential host when airing a major awards show. This will be the first time the Emmys have gone hostless since 2003, a year when the ceremony also aired on Fox (it rotates each year between ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC).

Earlier in the week, former Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel told reporters he thought the reason for the ratings climb was more due to the relative brevity of the telecast rather than the lack of host. “It’s a no-win type situation,” Kimmel said of hosting the awards, in comments that could also be applied to hosting the Emmys. “It’s a very difficult job. Even when it seems like it went great, you go home and realize, ‘Oh people [didn’t like it]’. If you don’t care what people think it’s great. I do [care] so it’s kind of a f—king nightmare. … The fact that ratings on the Oscars was higher [without a host] was because the show was shorter, and if they do it again they’ll find that’s the case.”

The Emmys were on NBC last year, which tapped Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost for the gig, and the duo received rather mixed reviews.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 22, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.