This year’s hostless Emmy awards, replete with progressive messages, drew record low viewership.
Per Breitbart, Fox chose to go hostless for this year’s Emmys for the first time in more than 15 years.
The decision came after the Academy Awards did the same earlier this year when comedian Kevin Hart withdrew from duties following a backlash over the resurfacing of old gay jokes and tweets.
On Sunday, the Emmys featured acceptance speeches in which celebrities ranted about their political and cultural views.
Actress Michelle Williams, who won for her lead role in FX’s Fosse/Verdon, spoke about the gender pay gap, invoking white men.
“So the next time a woman, and especially a woman of color, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white, male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her, believe her, because one day she might stand in front of you and say thank you for allowing her to succeed because of her workplace environment, and not in spite of it,” the actress said.
Patricia Arquette, who won an Emmy for her supporting role in Hulu’s The Act, devoted much of her speech to transgender people, invoking her late transgender sibling, Alexis Arquette.
“Give them jobs,” she said. “They’re human beings. Let’s give them jobs. Let’s get rid of the bias that we have everywhere.”
Actor Billy Porter invoked James Baldwin while accepting his award for FX’s transgender-themed series Pose.
“It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and halfway believed before I could walk around this Earth like I had the right to be here,” Porter said Sunday. “I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right.”
USAToday reports the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards handed out 27 trophies Sunday night, and another dose of bad ratings news: Fox’s broadcast notched just 6.9 million viewers, easily another record-low turnout.
The audience was 33% below last year’s then-record low of 10.2 million on NBC, which aired the awards on a Monday night. (And going back to a bygone era, Sunday’s viewership was one-third the size of the show’s modern-day high of 21.8 million, set in 2000.)
Ratings for much of broadcast and cable TV have dropped steadily in recent years, thanks to cord-cutting and competition from streaming services. (The 2017 Emmys, on CBS, averaged 11.4 million viewers.)
Fewer mass hits mean Emmy winners are less familiar to many viewers: Although HBO’s huge departed hit “Game of Thrones” took home best drama, Amazon’s British comedy “Fleabag” won four top awards, while other winners included stars from modestly rated shows such as FX’s “Pose” and “Fosse/Verdon” and BBC America’s “Killing Eve.” Aside from two wins for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” the major broadcast networks were shut out.
But awards-show fatigue has also set in. Unlike last year, Fox competed against NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” often TV’s most-watched program. And the Television Academy’s choice to mimic this year’s Oscars by going host-free may have given viewers one more reason to skip TV’s kudofest.
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com
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