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Emmy Awards - Don’t Give A Reality Star An Actor’s Job

Updated on September 22, 2008

I'm sure to someone somewhere it seemed like a good idea to take the five reality hosts nominated for Prime Time Emmys to host the show itself. I can see the producers and directors all sitting around thinking this was the perfect solution for their hosting needs. Well kids, you were wrong. Emmy Awards - Don't give a reality star an actor's job - Don't Get Me Started!

There is a reason why people become successful as actors. True there are quite a few that become successful due to luck, being in the right place at the right time, having the right look, etc. But what we've all seemed to forget (and I do not exclude myself here) is that actors (on the whole) really study their craft whereas reality hosts mostly just tell people they have been voted off. What was shocking was that this should have been easier for them as I'm sure there are plenty of moments when they don't have a script and must just punt but unfortunately for these five (and us the audience) nothing they've ever done prepared them for or made them good in their opening segment.

I can't help but wonder if they would have come up with this idea if Kathy Griffin was nominated this year. I do adore her show and her on the whole but with her whole, "Jesus can suck it." In her acceptance speech I'm sure made everyone with the idea to use the reality hosts feel a whole lot better. Well guess what? They needed Kathy desperately.

Over the years I realize that I have become more and more of an award show curmudgeon. Growing up I adored these shows because you could see your fave stars all dressed up and sitting in the same place at the same time. You might see a wacky moment (Sally Field's "You like me, you really like me") or you could see a moment that couldn't help but make you cry when your favorite star became so overwhelmed that you couldn't help but be overwhelmed too. But I guess it's just me that I don't think these people (on the whole) are all as good as the stars of yesteryear, not to mention the fact that they are splashed all over the Internet and newspapers every day so you all ready know what these celebs look like in any given situation.

The other thing that has really taken the excitement out of these events is that thanks to reality television we all now know way too much about the "stylists" to the stars. Back in the day we all thought that the star chose the dress and accessories themselves. Oh sure, maybe they had some help like Carol Burnett went over to Vickie Lawrence's house to talk over their outfits (okay so this probably only ever happened in my mind) but the point was that the star was the star and not the stylist. And what does a stylist do anyway? Back in my day when I was working retail we were called "sales associates" now they're "stylists" and have agents just like the stars. The question I have about this particular piece of the award show and star life today is simply, "why?"

But back to the real problem, the Emmy show itself. It's just shocking when you consider the show started with Oprah and how can you go wrong with Oprah? The answer of course is that you can't go wrong with Oprah but you have no place to go but down after an Oprah opening. The reality show hosts got worse as the evening wore on but perhaps no moment had me shaking my head more than the Josh Grobin moment. Award shows rarely do the "entertainment" part of the show well. Whether it's having the wrong person sing the nominated song or having Debbie Allen choreograph modern movement to the music from movies to "show off" the costume design - who could ever forget (though we wish we could) the "modern" interpretation of Driving Miss Daisy she created? Well poor Josh Grobin got to have his ass smacked tonight but good. Now I'm not a huge Grobinite as I'm sure there are people out there who are just that but I do like him but this? Oh Joshy, you lifted me up...but just to go to the bathroom. I couldn't watch what was without a doubt your most embarrassing moment ever. Josh Grobin trying to be Rich Little with his impersonations of opening songs from shows and being a comedian. Hmmmm, Josh, leave the comedy for the professionals, will you please? And Emmy Awards - Don't give a reality star an actor's job - Don't Get Me Started!

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      Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      It was pretty crappy, wasn't it?