Opinion: AwardsHostsSoWhite

I look forward to awards season every year. Who’s going to win what? How much will I have guessed before the ceremony? Do I agree with the winners? Was it a fun show?

But this year I find myself somewhat underwhelmed before we even start.

That’s because it seems awards show producers have got together and chosen the least offensive, nondescript, white male hosts for their ceremonies.

This year, the Golden Globes, Grammys and Oscars will all be hosted by Late Night talk show hosts.

It’s like we’ve regressed.

Just a couple of years ago we had Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presiding over the Globes, LL Cool J at the Grammys and Ellen Degeneres ordering pizza at the Oscars.

Now, we have three straight, white men who have mostly been chosen by the network bosses that air each of the ceremonies (Fallon’s doing the Globes on NBC, Kimmel gets the Oscars on ABC).

Yes, they should all bring the funny (well, let’s hope). But if producers really wanted to tap the Late Night vein why not try Trevor Noah, John Oliver or Samantha Bee?

As a Brit, I know Corden will have international appeal. Fallon’s reaching a bigger audience here now that E! is broadcasting The Tonight Show in the UK. But British audiences don’t know Kimmel at all. His show is not broadcast here and it’s not like he lights up YouTube either.

I just wish that in 2017 producers at one of the ‘big three’ shows might have thought out of the box a little more. There must have been other options surely?

What do you think? Am I right? Or are you happy to watch Corden, Kimmel and Fallon do their thing?

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