Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
You once said that you’d never thought you’d be on a dancing show. What do you have to say about that dancing show now?
It just goes to show you. Wasn’t it William Goldman the screenwriter who said, “Nobody knows anything”? [He holds up his Emmy Award.] More proof. I had no idea. It’s been one of the true pleasures.
What are the challenges you face when hosting “Dancing With the Stars”?
I would have to be making things up, because the truth of the matter is that it is the most relaxed part of my day. I love live television. They provide an incredible playground for me. The staff, cast and crew are without compare in the business, in my estimation. And so I am never more comfortable then when I am live on the stage on that show. Truly.
Which celebrity in the “Dancing With the Stars” all-star cast is your favorite?
If I answer that question, I’ll piss off 12 people. I’m looking forward to all of them equally.
Can you talk about Maksim Chmerkovskiy saying that he’s leaving “Dancing With the Stars”?
I talked to him yesterday. I said, “Is this it, buddy? My ass is free now? I don’t have to worry about being pinched?” And he said that it was taken out of context. At the end of his contract, which runs for two more seasons in 2013, I think, he’s thinking of pursuing acting and other things. And I fully understand that. But he’s going to be with us beyond this season.
“Survivor” host Jeff Probst has won this Emmy Award several times …
Yeah, and I wasn’t kidding when I thanked him for not being nominated. I think it helped me a lot.
Do you really think it made a difference?
Who knows? I was stunned that he wasn’t nominated, frankly. He maintains a consistent level of excellence at what he does, but it probably didn’t hurt. [He laughs.]
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