Why the Cast of ‘Queer Eye’ Won’t Take Home Emmys This Year

Queer Eye’s Fab Five — Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, and Tan France — are still looking to take home that elusive Emmy. The show took home three Emmys last year in Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, Outstanding Structured Reality Program, and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program, but once again, the Queer Eye hosts will be leaving this year’s award ceremony empty-handed.

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‘Queer Eye’ Fab Five | Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images

There is no doubt that the cast of Queer Eye is the driving force behind the show’s success, so why weren’t they nominated for an Emmy for Best Reality Host this year?

‘Queer Eye’ takes home three Emmys in 2018

Queer Eye enjoyed a lot of success at the Emmys last year, taking home three awards by the end of the night. The only category they failed to win was in Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program.

Following the show’s big night, Porowski opened up about the success of Queer Eye and praised producers and casting for their hard work. According to E! Online, Porowski also revealed that none of the hosts will get an Emmy because all of the awards they won go back to the network.

“Netflix has ’em,” Porowski shared. “Producers, editors and casting won. We don’t actually get one!”

Van Ness quickly added that perhaps they should receive an Emmy next year for Best Reality Host. Poor guys. Although the series had another strong year on the streaming giant, the hosts were once again snubbed.

Queer Eye did, however, receive a slew of nominations in this year’s Emmys. The series is up for an award for the same categories as last year, plus Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program and Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series.

The series is up against some stiff competition, but we are confident that it will take home a few Emmys before it’s all said and done. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for the cast.

Why is the cast of ‘Queer Eye’ getting snubbed at the Emmys?

The Emmy award for Best Reality Host was created over a decade ago in 2008. According to Gold Derby, competitive reality show hosts have taken home the Emmy in this category every single year.

For the first handful of years, only hosts on competitive shows were nominated, and Survivor’s Jeff Probst took home the award four years in a row. Betty White finally broke that trend in 2012 when she was nominated for her hilarious show, Off Their Rockers.

A few other non-competitive hosts have been nominated over the years, including Steve Harvey (Little Big Shots), W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America), and Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg (Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party). Yet none of these hosts have received an Emmy for their work.

It is strange that hosts of non-competitive reality shows have yet to snag an Emmy because they are usually a huge part of their shows. Competitive series, such as Project Runway, Dancing with the Stars, and American Idol, focus far more on the contestants but still go home with Emmy wins.

The hosts of Queer Eye are in each and every episode and do an amazing job offering people advice on how to jump-start their lives. While they did not get nominated for an Emmy this year, there is a very good chance that will change in future seasons. Whether or not they actually win, of course, is another thing altogether.

LGBTQ artists shine at Emmys

Snubs aside, there are quite a few LGBTQ artists that are killing it at the Emmys this year. Queer Eye’s six nominations are a good sign that the Emmys are becoming more inclusive, but it wasn’t the only series to get recognition.

Pose is up for six Emmys this series, including Best Actor in a Drama Series (Billy Porter) and Best Drama Series. Drag Race host RuPaul was also nominated for Best Host for a Reality or Competition Program, while the series itself could win the award for Best Reality Competition Show.

We wish we could say the cast of Queer Eye was up for an Emmy, but things are definitely trending in the right direction.

The 71st Primetime Emmys air Sunday, September 22, on Fox.